Front row center is the Junior League’s Renee Snow, who led the effort to develop a children’s theater series at Playhouse Square and then a permanent endowment for children’s theater with The Cleve land Foundation. At far right, finally, is Rojeana Howell, a fifth-grade teacher with the Cleveland Public Schools who used a §175 small grant from The Cleveland Education Fund to set all 27 members of her class at Marion Sterling Elementary School to reassembling (and iden tifying) the tiny undigested skeletons of mice and other creatures on which some owl had dined. Ms. Howell exemplifies the kind of creativity and dedication in the class room (she had previously paid for such projects out of her own pocket) that prompts children written off by the more cynical to begin talking excitedly about becoming scientists. To me, these five persons are a reminder that what is always found behind the most successful of the many programs listed in the pages that follow— and what The Cleveland Foundation ultimately is investing in— is people: their ideas, their energy, their commitment, their imagination. For if this com munity is going to have a future marked by opportunity and grace, it first has to be imagined. And then it has to be invested in, with all of the resources, all of the com mitment, all of the energy we have. It is my privilege to work with a Distribution Committee and profes sional staff who share this vision.
Steven A. Minter
May 11, 1987