Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District News Article

BBHMS Taking the Do Something Great Challenge, Honoring Life of Brent Ramer

5th Graders Recognized for Doing Something Great

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School is currently honoring the inspiring life of Brent Ramer, a former student who displayed tremendous courage and perseverance throughout a lengthy battle with cancer that took his life nearly four years ago, with a school-wide initiative titled, Do Something Great. Brent, along with his younger sister, Lauren, a 2020 BBHHS graduate, were involved with the BBHMS Kick It with the BEES cancer research fundraiser since it began over ten years ago. In honor of RAMERNATION and the Kick It with the Bees campaign, the Do Something Great initiative encourages students and staff to be positive agents of change and make the world a better place through simple acts of kindness and service. From donating aluminum pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House Charities or volunteering at a local food pantry to helping neighbors with yard work, the Do Something Great initiative demonstrates that opportunities to impact the community and world are easy to find. The campaign will take place over an eighty-four-day period, beginning October 7th, on what would have been Brent’s 22nd birthday, through December 30th, the date on which Brent lost his courageous battle with cancer in 2017.

Brent RamerBrent Ramer on school trip to Washington DC


Students are encouraged to share how they are making a difference by submitting their personal acts of kindness through a Google Form to receive a shout-out on the morning announcements, or by sharing their examples using #dosomethingreat on social media. BBHMS students can also write how they are being a positive presence in the world on paper stars located in the display case near the main office. Our Middle School Bees are seizing the opportunity to spread kindness, as exemplified in the positive actions of Fifth grade students T.J. Berry (top image - pictured left) and Joseph Gaudio (top image - pictured right), who donated clothes to those who are homeless, raked leaves without being asked, and more!

The Do Something Great initiative was originally started by Dan Ramer, Brent’s father, and was expanded to a school-wide program by BBHMS Health and Life Skills Teacher, Maria Schneider. The Ramer family (RAMERNATION) is deeply grateful for the outpouring of support for the Do Something Great initiative by the BBHMS community. Eighth grader Olivia Ramer, the youngest sister of Brent, is overjoyed to see fellow peers celebrate her brother’s inspiring life in creative and tangible ways that helps others.

On behalf of the district, thank you to the entire Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School community for making a positive difference in our communities through the Do Something Great initiative, and honoring the life of Brent Ramer, a cherished member of the BBHCSD family. 

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