First Church Preschool registration
VAN WERT — First United Methodist Church Preschool, located at 113 W. Central Ave., will begin the 2016-17 school year Sept. 6.
Registration is being accepted by stopping in at the church office or online at http://fumpreschool.com.
Contact administrator April Ellerbrock at 419-238-0631, ext. 308 with any questions.
Lima City Schools open houses and orientation schedules
LIMA — The Lima City Schools will hold open houses and orientations.
Lima West Middle School: Seventh-grade orientation: 9 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Pick up schedules from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Eighth-grade orientation: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Aug. 22. Pick up schedules from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Open house for Lima West will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
Lima North Middle School:Fifth grade orientation: 8 to 11 a.m. Friday. Sixth grade orientation: Noon to 3 p.m. Friday. Open house: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23.
Lima Senior High School Registration: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17.
Freedom Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23.
Heritage Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23.
Independence Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23.
South Science and Technology Magnet School Open House: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23.
Liberty Arts Magnet School Open House: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23.
Unity Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.
Elida Schools release school hours/bus info/lunch prices
ELIDA — Elida school will begin Aug. 30 for students in grades 1 through 12.
Elida High School (grades 9-12) will run from 7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Elida Middle School (grades 5-8) will run from 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (bus bell) or 2:40 p.m. (walker/pick-up bell).
Elida Elementary School (grades K-4) will run from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (bus bell) or 3:48 p.m. (walker/pick-up bell).
Elida schools will serve breakfast before school. Students are to report directly to the cafeteria from the bus. The cost is $1.25 for students in grades K-4 and $1.40 for students in grades 5-12; 30 cents for students on reduced price lunch; and at no cost for students that participate in the free lunch program.
Lunch prices are as follows:
•Elementary & Intermediate (grades K through 4) $2.60
•Elida Middle School (grades 5-8) $2.70
•Elida High School (grades 9-12) $2.85
•A la cart milk: 50 cents
The reduced lunch price for those eligible is 40 cents.
Free and reduced meal applications are available at the school offices and on the school website under “Food Service Department.”
School bus transportation schedule:
•Middle school and high school/Apollo students will be picked up on routes starting at 6:40 a.m. and finished by 7:25 a.m. at which time Apollo students will be shuttled to the Apollo building.
•LCC, St. Charles, St. Rose, St. Gerard, Heir Force Academy and Temple Christian will be picked up on routes starting at 6:30 a.m. and finished by 7:30 a.m. at which time they will be shuttled from Heir Force to their respective school.
•Elida K-4 students will be picked up on routes starting at 7:55 a.m. and finished by 8:35 a.m.
Transportation questions or concerns may be referred to the Transportation Department at 419-331-4135 or 419-331-3036.
Bus numbers and respective times for Elida Local School Building students will be provided via an automated telephone call to parents after Aug. 21.
Allen East free and reduced lunch policy
LIMA — Allen East Local schools has released its free and reduced lunch policy for 2016-17 school year for free and reduced price meals or free milk for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program.
The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.
Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office at the school. A completed application is required.
Bath Middle School teacher and student honored
LIMA — The 2016 Horn Walter Outstanding Achievement in Special Education Awards luncheon was held in Columbus. These awards are given to 16 outstanding special-education students and 16 outstanding special educators in the state of Ohio. These awards are named in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn and the late Dr. Franklin B. Walter.
Beth Horstman, a middle school teacher from Bath Middle School was a recipient of the Dr. Franklin B. Walter Awards. She represented State Support Team region 6, which serves seven counties including Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Hardin, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties.
Horstman’s nomination form stated that she’s an intervention specialist who strives to meet the individual needs of each of her students by going the extra mile. She develops a positive rapport with the students in her class as well as their parents. She also plays a big role on the Building Leadership Team at Bath Middle School.
Shane Stephens, a middle school student from Bath Middle School received the Raymond A. Horn Award. He represented State Support Team 6 region as well.
Shane’s nomination form said that he embodies the characteristics teachers seek in all students, in particular, strength of character, persistent in the face of obstacles and a cheerful and positive attitude. After an extensive surgery, Shane maintained a good GPA through self-discipline in completing assignments. Since returning to school, despite pain and lack of mobility, Shane is courteous, respectful and continues to volunteer in helping others.
Local Girl Scouts receive Ohio State Fair scholarships
DOLA — Rhiannon Ferkins and Caitlyn DeLong, from Dola have each received $1,000 in scholarship money from The Ohio State Fair.
Each of the girls has been exhibiting projects at the Girl Scouts booth during the Ohio State Fair since they were Daisies and they each were selected as fair aides to help set up the Girl Scouts booth and float for opening day and to assist exhibit judges. They were both selected to serve for two years on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board.
Area youth exhibitors obtain Ohio State Fair scholarships
COLUMBUS — In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program.
Micah Smock, of Jackson Center, won in the Swine Exhibitor category. He received a $1,000 scholarship.
Amber Stechschulte, of Columbus Grove, won in the Horse exhibitor category. She received at $1,000 scholarship.
Derek Snider, of Lima, won in the band and choir category. He received a $500 scholarship.
Rettig receives scholarship
FINDLAY — Jamey Rettig received the Building our Future Scholarship from Habitat for Humanity of Ohio. She received a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of her outstanding work in the classroom and her service to the Findlay community.
Scholarship awards are available to students of families in homes built or repaired by Habitat for Humanity. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the classroom and to public service. Rettig is a 2016 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and will attend Wittenberg University to pursue a degree in education.