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In honor of Black History Month today we recognize Youngstown pioneer DR. CONSUELA CLARK-STEWART
July 22, 1860 – April 17, 1910

• An American physician and the first African American woman to practice medicine in Ohio.
• Clark was born in Ohio in 1861
• She was the daughter of Frances Ann Williams Clark and Peter H. Clark, who is considered the first Black socialist
• She graduated from Gaines High School in Cincinnati in 1879.
• After graduating from high school, Clark studied medicine privately with Dr. Elmira Y. Howard, the first woman physician in Cincinnati.
• She then obtained a place at Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1884 after earning the highest honors on her final exams.
• She returned to Ohio and worked at the Ohio Hospital for Women and Children.
• and the wife of William R. Stewart, one of the first Black attorneys and elected representatives in Ohio.
• For twenty years, Clark-Stewart ran a thriving medical practice in Youngstown, Ohio, where she treated both black and white patients.
• In Youngstown, Clark-Stewart was active in the YWCA and in setting up free kindergartens.


In honor of Black History Month today we recognize Youngstown native ROBERT "KOOL" BELL
October 8, 1950

• Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio, but grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey
• Growing up, Bell was nicknamed "Kool", due to being "laid back"
• Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz & in 1964 they formed a group named The Jazziacs
• Changed the name of his band several times before deciding on Kool and the Gang in 1968
• In 1971 Bell married Deborah Jones who he met when they were teenagers
• Their first major hit came in 1973, with Jungle Boogie, which charted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100
• Kool & the Gang have won numerous awards, including 2 Grammy Awards, 7 American Music Awards, and, in 2006, a Music Business Association Chairman's Award for artistic achievement
• The band recorded 9 No. 1 R&B singles in the 1970s and 1980s, including its No. 1 pop single Celebration
• The band had 25 Top Ten R&B hits and had 31 gold and platinum albums
• The group is honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
• Bell is a United States ambassador of music and the arts to many countries, including being a music ambassador of tourism to the Ivory Coast of Africa
• A successful entrepreneur involved with a number of ventures and developments around the world.
• Based on his humanitarian interests, in January 2015 REACH (Renewable Energy Applications to Conserve Humanity) appointment Kool as its Global Ambassador for Sustainable Energy


In honor of Black History Month today we recognize Youngstown raised SIMEON BOOKER August 27, 1918 – December 10, 2017
• Booker moved with his family to Youngstown, Ohio, when he was five years old. There, his father opened a YMCA for African-Americans.
• While attending Covington Street Elementary School in Youngstown, he wrote a poem that was published in the local newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator.
• While a high school student at THE RAYEN SCHOOL in Youngstown, some of Booker's stories were published in the Baltimore Afro American, a prominent African American newspaper
• Booker graduated from high school in Youngstown and then enrolled at Youngstown College, but transferred to Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
• Booker returned to Youngstown during summer vacations and published articles about the Negro league baseball games there
• Booker later returned to Ohio and worked for the Cleveland Call and Post, where a series he wrote concerning slum housing earned him a Newspaper Guild Award
• Booker was offered a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1950–51
• In 1952, Booker became the first black reporter for The Washington Post
• Booker was best known for his reporting during the civil rights movement while working for Jet and Ebony magazines
• His coverage of the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi and the subsequent trial is one of the most noted pieces of journalism from the era
• Booker served as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the Johnson Publishing Company, interviewing presidents, members of Congress, as well as notable civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph and James Farmer.
• During his long career, Booker was recognized by his peers with numerous awards, including a Wilkie Award.
• In 1982, he became the first African-American journalist to win the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for lifetime contributions to journalism.
• On January 17, 2013, Booker was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists' Hall of Fame.
• In 2015, he was awarded the George Polk Career Award.
• In February 2017, 17 members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill nominating Booker for a Congressional Gold Medal.


In honor of Black History Month today we recognize Youngstown born JAIDYN TRIPLETT
November 24, 2010

• Los Angeles-based Afro-Latina actress, singer, and producer who is originally from Youngstown, Ohio
• Moved from Youngstown when she was about three years old
• Made her acting debut in 2014 with the role of Daughter in the series How to Be a Grown Up
• From 2021 to 2023 she joined the cast of the revival of the iCarly series , in which she played the role of Millicent Mitchell.
• Has appeared in 5 movies and 14 television series
• Starred in over 50 television commercials
• Released a fun, vibrant single called “Bopstar” from her upcoming EP, which shares the same title, and more songs will come leading up to its debut
• Was inspired to become an actress watching her father, Joshua Triplett, practice his lines for auditions
• Triplett is dedicated to boosting her self-confidence and the confidence of everyone who follows her
• Jaidyn’s mantra is “I am enough”

Photos from Harding Youngstown Elementary School's post 02/06/2024

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In honor of Black History Month today we recognize Youngstown native JOSHUA TRIPLETT
April 26, 1987

• Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio
• Moved to New York, NY to start his journey in his entertainment career
• He studied Acting & Musical Theater with Industries Top Talent and later graduated from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
• Has starred in over 150 National Commercials for some of the world’s biggest brands, including six consecutive Super Bowl campaigns in the past six years
• Moved to Los Angeles, CA
• Developed and produced several series, one of which, he was the show runner, executive producer, writer, director and lead actor
• Recurring guest star role of Jeremiah, on the number one comedy series on CBS, The Neighborhood
• Joshua was cast as the mounted Patrol Officer, Isaac Young, in Alexi Hawley's incredible ABC series, The Rookie
• Has appeared in over 20 television series
• Guest Star on Grey’s Anatomy
• He is the CEO of his family owned production company, The Triplett Family Network


In honor of Black History Month today we recognize W. R. STEWART,
Oct. 29, 1864-Apr. 5, 1958
• The first African-American legislator from Youngstown, Ohio and was the first African American to practice law in Youngstown.
• Family came via canal boat to Youngstown, where his father, Lemuel Stewart, worked as a bricklayer, in partnership with P. Ross Berry.
• Attended the University of Cincinnati Law School, where he met his wife, Consuela, a medical student. They returned to Youngstown where he set up a law practice in the Diamond Block and she practiced medicine as Youngstown’s first female Black physician until passing in 1911.
• In 1895, he won election to the Ohio Legislature, running as a Republican. He served two terms there, from 1896 to 1899.
• He returned to Youngstown, developing an extensive law practice. One of his cases was a landmark railroad case under the new federal liability act. He established the right of his plaintiff to establish his claim based both on state and federal law, a precedent cited in many legal texts.
• During his two terms as a lawmaker and almost seven decades as a private attorney, Stewart participated in projects and policies designed to improve the condition of African Americans.
• Became a trustee for the Youngstown Police Pension Fund.
• He served on the Youngstown In*******al Committee promoting racial understanding. He was also an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
• Helped pass an anti-mob violence bill
• He legislated for police and fire pensions.
• Helped secure the funding to build the first Market Street Bridge and secured taxpayer funding for Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.
• He was a civic leader respected by the whole city as well as within the black community and sought to foster in*******al understanding.
• In 1947, he was publicly honored as the first person to organize a local committee dedicated to in*******al work.
• Stewart died at his North Side home at the age of 93. His obituary in The Youngstown Vindicator described him as "the dean of Youngstown's attorneys".


In honor of Black History Month we recognize PLYMPTON ROSS BERRY 1834-1917.

• Berry was born in June 1834 (some accounts list 1835) as a free person of color in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
• His family moved to New Castle where he was trained as a bricklayer, becoming a master bricklayer and stonemason by age 16.
• At some point dropped his full first name in favor of the initial “P” and became known as P. Ross Berry.
• He married in 1858 and he, his wife, and four children came by canal boat to Youngstown in 1861.
• The project that brought him to Youngstown was a contract for the brick work at the Rayen School.
• According to Vincent Shivers, a researcher in Youngstown, Ohio, Berry was often the only contractor in the entire town. He built banks, homes, churches, schools, and more across Youngstown.
• According to the research of Joseph Napier, Sr., Berry built 65 structures in the area, as well as the brickwork on many Youngstown streets.
• His stature in the community was such that a number of white bricklayers worked under his direction, something very uncommon in the day.
• As black soldiers migrated to the Mahoning Valley after the Civil War, he also trained many of them to work as bricklayers and was responsible for founding the Brick Masons Union, Local 8.
• Berry owned his own brick foundry and made a reddish-orange colored brick, and example of which you can see in the Rayen Building.
• Because of his success and prominence, he was involved in a number of philanthropic causes and helped with the founding of the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.
• He had his own style of bricks from his brickyard which constructed Youngstown’s first mansion and skyscrapers. For example, Berry built the estate of the civil war governor of Ohio, David Tod, in 1867. After the mansion burned down a few months after its construction, the Governor insisted that only Berry could rebuild the estate.

Timeline photos 01/19/2024

Due to inclement weather, Youngstown City Schools will be closed today, January 19th. Thank you, and stay safe!


The Girl Scouts are planning one of their winter recruitment events on February 22nd. They are inviting girls in grades K-5. Thanks for sharing!


Mark your calendar! YCSD schools will have a two-hour early release day on Friday, January 19, for the end of the second nine weeks.

Timeline photos 01/16/2024

Attention YCSD Scholars and Families: Due to the wind chill advisory, YCSD will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th. School will resume on Thursday. Please stay safe and stay warm!


Some of our Harding staff volunteered today at the Salvation Army, packing food boxes for their distribution.

Photos from Harding Youngstown Elementary School's post 12/15/2023

It was an amazing crowd for our STEAM Showcase tonight. Thank you to everyone that attended, and a huge thank you to Ms. Darrin, Mrs. Bervish, and Mrs. Fintor for all of their hard work.

Photos from Harding Youngstown Elementary School's post 12/11/2023

Our Harding Pajama Drive has been a success! This is the last week of our collection. If you would like to donate, please bring in new pajamas with tags on them by Friday, December 15. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Photos from Harding Youngstown Elementary School's post 12/08/2023

Here are Harding's December Events!


Our Harding Christmas Shop was a success today. Thank you to everyone that donated and helped this year. We had great parent attendance.


Mrs. Fintor has been busy growing lettuce with the hydroponic garden. The third grade class is assisting with this project.

Photos from Harding Youngstown Elementary School's post 11/22/2023

Harding Elementary would like to thank Union Square Save A Lot, Liberty Wal-Mart ,Liberty Giant Eagle and South Avenue Sparkle Market for their generous donations of turkeys. Kool Boyz Foundation for their generous donations of cases of can goods and dinner rolls. Denise Zordich for coordinating the cooking of turkeys by the Culinary Arts Program at Choffin Career and Technical Center. Last but not least Harding Elementary staff for all their hard work and Harding families for making this another memorable moment❤️❤️❤️We are Harding!!!

Photos from Rotary Club of Youngstown's post 11/16/2023
Photos from Kiwanis Club of Boardman-Youngstown's post 11/16/2023

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize Carlos Santana
Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán[ is a Mexican and American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock 'n' roll and Latin American jazz.

Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán es un guitarrista mexicano y estadounidense que saltó a la fama a fines de la década de 1960 y principios de la de 1970 con su banda Santana, que fue pionera en una fusión de rock 'n' roll y jazz latinoamericano.


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, is a Congresswomen serving working-class people over corporate interests and advocating for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, también conocida como AOC, es una congresista que sirve a la gente de la clase trabajadora por encima de los intereses corporativos y aboga por la justicia social, racial, económica y ambiental.


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize Dr. Luis Walter Alvarez
Alvarez was an experimental physicist, inventor, and professor. Dr. Álvarez is known for his development of the hydrogen bubble chamber enabling the discovery of resonance states in particle physics. This discovery led Dr. Alvarez to win the Noble Prize in 1968.
Alvarez fue un físico experimental, inventor y profesor. El Dr. Álvarez es conocido por su desarrollo de la cámara de burbujas de hidrógeno que permite el descubrimiento de estados de resonancia en la física de partículas. Este descubrimiento llevó al Dr. Álvarez a ganar el Premio Nobel en 1968.


October 1-7 is Nonviolence Week. One way Harding will be participating is through "Dress Down" days. The following is our schedule:


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize Sonia Sotomayor.

In 2009, the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice was confirmed as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.

En 2009, la Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Juez Asociada fue confirmada como la primera magistrada latina de la Corte Suprema en la historia de los Estados Unidos.

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