Heartland Education Community Heartland Education Community, Inc. – General Info: Cindy Summers, 330-684-0200, 200 N. Main St., Orrville; www.heartlandorrville.com. More Information – In the fall of 1991, community members formed the Heartland Education Community, Inc., an initiative designed to explore ways to utilize the talent and resources of the community to improve education. The mission of Heartland is to create a community-based learning environment relevant and accessible to every age and cultural background within which all Orrville area residents will be able to prepare for and engage in responsible citizenship, lifelong learning, and productive employment. Heartland’s foundation is built on ﬁve core beliefs called The Five C’s; Community, Connecting Learning to Life, Critical Thinking, Character Education and Continuous Improvement. Since its beginning, the Heartland Education Community, Inc., has focused on bringing together community members, educators, organizations and business leaders to achieve the Heartland vision of shifting the focus from school to education and shifting the responsibility from school to community. Heartland is a 501 (c)(3) non-proﬁt organization with three main components: a volunteer Steering Committee that oversees Heartland activities and volunteer efforts, the Heartland Point community connecting place and OrrViews, a free, bi-weekly community newspaper. All Heartland efforts are funded through the generous support of the Orrville community. Citizens and businesses donate resources such as time, effort and money to contribute to the success of Heartland initiatives.
The Heartland Steering Committee holds a strategic planning session to determine its focus areas. Current priorities include Character Education, English Language Learner support, STEM curricula initiatives Workplace Ethics and OrrViews continued support. Heartland Point – Cindy Summers, manager, 330-682-0200. Heartland Point is a community connecting place in downtown Orrville where citizens of all ages can ﬁnd out what is happening in the community, become more involved and engage in lifelong learning. The facility offers educational programming for citizens of all ages; books, newspapers, educational games, and displays highlighting community businesses and organizations for patrons to enjoy while visiting; Heartland Point Café; and two meeting rooms with catering available. Stop by the information counter to discover what is going on in the community and how you can become more involved. OrrViews – Carol Ubelhart, general manager, 330-684-1115, 200 N. Main St., P.O. Box 405, www.heartlandorrville.com. OrrViews is a free, bi-weekly community newspaper established by the Heartland Education Community, Inc., in cooperation with the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, Orrville City Schools, Wayne College and The City of Orrville to publish and distribute a news source that communicates information about the Orrville community to and from the people of the Orrville City School District and creates an archive to preserve our local history. For more information, visit the website at www.heartlandorrville.com.