Imagine a public school, right here in Lima, where K-8 students take quality science and technology classes every day starting in kindergarten, and that's not all. Working professionals with successful careers in science and technology are brought in to work with children. High-caliber professionals, like a university biology professor and a filmmaker from Hollywood, work with the children on in-depth, yearlong science and technology projects. Middle school students are offered classes such as engineering design and robotics through a nationally recognized curriculum called Project Lead-the-Way. There is strong dedication to music programs. Full vocal, string, and band programs are established. Every child is encouraged and supported in learning at least one string or band instrument, and the music program participation is nearly 100 percent. There's more, but is this already sounding unreal? It's not! This is a real school right here in Lima that our three children attend. This school is Lima's Science and Technology Magnet School, a K-8 school that is part of the Lima school district. Lima has two magnet schools, the K-8 Science and Technology Magnet and the K-8 Arts Magnet. Both schools are free and public. Open enrollment is accepted; our children are open-enrolled. Students are chosen for attendance by a lottery held each spring. For information, call Tricia Winkler (419-996-3192) at the Science and Technology Magnet or Sally Windle (419-996-3434) at the Arts Magnet. We're glad we called two years ago, back when we didn't know there were schools like these in Lima.