John Frye, Director of Pupil and Staff Services for the New
Richmond Exempted Village School District, has been honored as the district’s Career
Prep Educator of the Year by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce for his
work with the Transitions Program for students with disabilities and the
development of Brewhaus Dog Bones.
This recognition event is part of the Work Readiness
Initiative of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation which brings
educators and businesses together to enhance students’ work-ready skills. Frye was nominated by NREVSD Supt. Adam Bird.
Transition serves students with disabilities ages 18-22 in a
life skills, employment skills and functional curriculum. Currently eight student Associates are served
by four job coaches and a teacher who work to prepare them for adulthood.
Formerly contracted out to West Clermont, the Transition program was moved back
to the district in 2014 at a savings of more than $100,000 per year.
|John Frye (second from right in back row) is pictured with Supt. Adam Bird,|
teachers, aides and associates of The Brewhaus Bakery Co. which serves
students with disabilities ages 18-22 in developing employment
and life skills.
The cornerstone of the New Richmond Transitions Program is
The Brewhaus Bakery Company located on the first floor of the Market Street
“Brewhaus produces handcrafted, small batch, oven baked dog
treats made from whole grains sourced proudly from local Cincinnati
microbreweries,” said Frye. “Mrs. Lisa Graham, parent and entrepreneur in our
district, established the Bewhaus Dog Bones company which is managed by the
Associates and provides a real business experience for the Associates.”
Currently, Listermann Brewing Co./Triple Digit Microbrewery,
Mt. Carmel Brewing Co., Rivertown Brewing Co., Bad Tom Smith Brewing, Paradise
Brewing Supply, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Braxton Brewing, Fibonacci Brewing Co., and
Old Firehouse Brewery donate spent barley grains and sell the Brewhaus products
in taprooms/brewing supply stores.
Mariemont, New Richmond, Oak Hills, Sycamore, Princeton,
Mason in Ohio and Ft. Thomas and Boone County in Kentucky participate in the
program and use the start to finish non-profit business model to help their
students with disabilities (typically ages 18-22) learn valuable work and life
Students participate in all aspects of the program from
planning/forecasting demand, making, baking, labeling and weighing bags,
processing orders, attending community sales opportunities, calculating costs,
counting money (both cash and credit) from sales and then making bank deposits.
|Associates in the NREVSD Transition Program are pictured preparing|
Brewhaus Dog Bones from spent brewery grain.
“The goal is to eventually have our own freestanding ‘Brew
Bakery’ for supported employment and to continue as a vocational training site,”
said Frye. “Brewhaus hopes to create a micro industry in Cincinnati from the
spent grains that will directly benefit people with disabilities. It’s 100%
non-profit and all proceeds go back into growing our program for others to
participate. Best of all, your dog will love you for giving a Brewhaus Dog
Brewhaus has partnered with Clovernook Center for the Blind
and Visually Impaired to create a paid employment opportunity.
Brewhaus Dog Bones are currently being sold at Rivertown IGA
in New Richmond, Party Source in Bellevue, Ky., Country Fresh Market in
Anderson Township, Newtown Feed & Seed, Earthwise Pet Supply on Montgomery
Road, Family Animal Hospital in Batavia, Cincinnati Hills Animal Clinic on
Montgomery Road, Dog Day Every Day on Ohio Pike and Princeton Glendale Road in
West Chester, Anderson Family Pet Center on Clough Pike, Sweet Frog Frozen
Yogurt on Eastgate South Drive, and Gardenia Garden and Home Décor in Milford.