February 20, 2013
Jim Kieffer was given special recognition during the Putnam County Science Fair held Feb. 8. His family accepted a blanket on his behalf for the many years he has sponsored plaques at the county science fair.
“My late wife, Fern Kieffer and I have supported science fairs for probably the last 40 years,” Kieffer said. He said he sponsored close to 50 plaques at 6 difference science fairs this year.
Beth Hench, Putnam County Curriculum Coordinator, said Kieffer currently sponsors 10 plaques in Putnam County. This has included two in “Ecological Conservation” through Black Swamp Audubon Society, two in “Effective Use of Scientific Method’ through the Epilepsy Foundation of Northwest Ohio; 3 in “Originality and Creativity” through Bethel Grange 2130 in Henry County, and 3 in “Outstanding Presentation” through the Retired Teachers of Henry County.
“He has sponsored as many as 16 plaques in the past,” Hench said.
Hench said he is a retired high school match teacher and his wife was a registered nurse.
“During our retirement years we have been active members of Retired Teachers, Audubon Society, Epilepsy Center and the Grange,’ Kieffer said. “The plaques have been a way to advertise these organizations as well as to encourage these areas of study.
Kieffer said they have always encouraged friends, family members and members of this organization to participate in the judging process for many years.
“It was a learning experience for both the students as well as ourselves,’ Kieffer said.
“Science fairs provide the student the opportunity to investigate a subject of their choice and learn how to present the information learned to others.