The Cleveland Browns Foundation prioritized student attendance in 2015 when it developed a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. At that time, the district faced a chronic absence rate of 35 percent. Taking action, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools launched an attendance campaign known as Get 2 School. You Can Make It! The community-wide effort featured billboards, yard signs, school posters, parent engagement coffees and attendance celebrations. As a signature partner, the Cleveland Browns supported the campaign by providing student incentives throughout the year and incorporated Browns players by having them convey the importance of attendance through recorded phone calls, videos and school visits. In an effort to remove attendance-related barriers, the foundation also supported a local clothing program, providing students facing economic hardship greater access to uniforms and basic clothing packages. The campaign helped Cleveland Metropolitan Schools cut chronic absenteeism to 30 percent in the 2017-2018 school year. This effective local partnership inspired the creation of the statewide Stay in the Game! Network.
In response to the pandemic, the Cleveland Browns Foundation, its corporate partners and the Browns players provided essential services and supports to students, schools districts, and communities throughout Ohio. The Foundation and its corporate partners, helped make remote education more accessible, with a special focus on Ohio’s most vulnerable students, by producing a series of resources to support students and families. Some of the resources include educational kits, free Wi-Fi and meals, hygiene products, player reading activities and motivational messages to preK-12 grade students.