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Reaching Heights Annual Awards: Geizel Canady-Ashford and Chuck Lamb, Friends of Public Education and Motorcars Group, Outstanding Community Partner

December 14, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Reaching Heights held its Annual Meeting in the Platinum Lounge of Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights. Each year at this event Reaching Heights welcomes members and the community to hear a review of the year’s highlights, to thank outgoing board members, to welcome new board members, and to recognize caring community members and local businesses for extraordinary service.


After hearing about Reaching Heights accomplishments in 2017, members, board and staff thanked Darrin Gamble for serving for 3 years as Board Treasurer and overall “financial guru” for Reaching Heights. Next, the Reaching Heights Board of Directors voted to accept board candidates Ditte Wolin, Tiera Briggs, Lance Godard, and Kim Skillern-Samuels as new board members. Then, Reaching Heights recognized community members as Friends of Public Education and a local business as an Outstanding Community Partner for their contributions to embracing our shared responsibility for the successful education of all students attending our public schools.


Mrs. Geizel Canady-Ashford received a Friend of Public Education award for serving as a tutor to many students, a PTA member at Noble Elementary and Monticello Middle, and PTA Vice–President at Heights High. She has been an active volunteer and Tour Chaperone with the Band and Orchestra Parents Organization (BOPO) and the Vocal Arts Parents Organization (VAPO).  And last year she was named "Team Mom" by the Heights High Lady Tigers Tennis Team.  Mrs. Canady-Ashford attended every practice and all home and away matches with snacks, blankets, and encouraging words for the past 4 years!  It was clear from the comments shared by former Heights High Tennis Coach, Nicole Miller and her acceptance speech that Mrs. Canady Ashford is a humble and optimistic person who is a lifelong learner and teacher and helps others as a natural part of each of her days.


Chuck Lamb was also named a Reaching Heights Friend of Public Education. He served as an unpaid Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach for the Heights High Men's Basketball Team from 1979 to 2017 --  38 years!  He also supported CH-UH Schools' Operating Levies by assisting the Heights basketball players in canvassing neighborhoods with levy literature.  His employer, Motorcars Honda, provided vans to transport the athletes and Chuck Lamb helped the young men figure out what to say to homeowners to promote Heights schools.  Coach Lamb was proud to say that both levies he and his players supported were successful!


The Motorcars Group owner, Chuck Gile, accepted the award for Reaching Heights Outstanding Community Partner.  Motorcars was recognized for employing Heights students and graduates and for allowing employees to volunteer time and resources to support Heights sports teams and levy campaigns. The Motorcars Group made a large donation to rebuilding the Lady Tigers Softball Field in 2013 and regularly donates to many student groups with sponsorship ads in event programs and raffle prizes for fundraisers. 


Reaching Heights is a local, non-profit that connects the community to the Heights public schools with information, programs, and events that enrich students and support teachers. Connect, support, or volunteer by contacting Reaching Heights at, 216-932-5110 or writing to Reaching Heights via email to or 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.