Genoa class of `41 alums get together
Genoa High School class of 1941 held their annual reunion Aug. 4 at BJ’s Hide-A-Way in Oregon.
In 1941, GHS graduated 56 students – a record number at that time. Of those 56, 10 are still surviving and are in their 90th year of life. One member, Mildred Verkin Evans, of Fairfax, Va., passed away since the last reunion a year ago.
Seven class members attended the reunion, including Genevieve Holland Geldine, of Cheboygan, Mich.; Donna Jean Duncan Abel, of Toledo; Ralph Vogelpohl, of Curtice; Elizabeth Witt Fisher, of Martin; and Lamar Bower, Verna Schimming Hennen and Jack Werner, of Genoa.
The three members unable to attend included Richard Dunberger, of St. Petersberg, Fla.; Adeline Merle Thompson, of Chambersburg, Pa. and Dorothea Long Berger, of Curtice.
The attendees were jovial and were happy to share their secret for longevity – just keep breathing.
The 2014 reunion will be held the first Sunday in August at a place to be determined.
Lake class of `58 reunion
Members of Lake High School class of 1958 will hold a 55-year reunion Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Cousino’s Steakhouse, located at Woodville and Pickle roads, Oregon.
Those interested should RSVP to Carol at 30630 Drouillard Rd., #61, Walbridge, OH, 43465.
WSOS Genoa Child Development Center relocates
The WSOS Child Development Center in Genoa has returned to its former location within the village beginning the 2013-14 school year.
The center is now located at the Brunner Campus, 1224 West St., Genoa. Brunner Campus is a privately-owned community center that previously housed one of Genoa’s elementary schools.
The center was previously housed at Brunner Elementary from 1990-97 before a restructuring of the school district led to the center moving to the former Allen Elementary building.
The center operates morning and after preschool classes for children 3 and 4 years old. Preschoolers attend classes three-and-a-half hours each day, Monday to Thursday.
Parents can choose to have their child attend either mornings or afternoons. Also, teachers visit each family’s home twice per year and there are two parent-teacher conferences per year. Class sizes range from 13-17 children per class.
Children enrolled in WSOS preschool programs receive comprehensive services that include social services, health and dental services, mental health services, nutrition, disability services and parental involvement.
WSOS’ early childhood programs are based on the philosophy that the parent is the child’s first teacher, so parents are involved as much as possible and encouraged to join their child whenever possible. Parents who enroll their children in the WSOS program benefit by having access to a variety of community resources, diverse parent education programs, and other social services that can assist the family to become self-sufficient.
Parents and/or guardians may call the center and request a tour of the center or ask about income guidelines at 419-855-3931 or toll-free at 1-800-775-9767.
Terra sets new policy for undocumented students
Terra State Community College has taken the lead as one of the first community colleges in the state of Ohio to approve an in-state tuition policy for select undocumented students.
“We are encouraging all eligible undocumented students to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” said Kristen Taylor, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services. “Several Hispanic organizations across the state have voiced their appreciation to us for taking an active lead in this process.”
Currently there are 2,000 people approved for DACA status in Ohio.
To be eligible for deferred action, students must:
• Have entered the United States prior to the age of 16;
• Have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the date of application;
• Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
• Have completed high school or GED or been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat.
The Terra State policy is in line with that developed by the Ohio Board of Regents and its legal counsel. Such individuals are nonimmigrants as defined in the Ohio Revised Code and are eligible to be classified as residents for purposes of in-state tuition rates if the individual meets the other criteria set forth in the rules of the Board of Regents.
“It is our hope to get this information out locally because we feel there are many people in our area who could benefit by this,” said Jammie Jelks, Student Success Mentor for Diverse Populations. “Education is a game changer for everyone.”
In addition to in-state tuition rates, benefits of being granted deferred action include legal residency, relief from deportation, a Social Security number and employment authorization.
Terra State has rolling admission start dates. Full semester courses began Aug. 19, however, other late start sessions, including 14-week, 12-week, and 8-week offerings, begin Sept. 3, Sept. 16 and Oct. 16, respectively.
For more information, contact Jammie Jelks at 419-559-2164 or visit www.terra.edu.
Marco’s Online School Challenge
Toledo and Cleveland-area Marco’s Pizza franchisees are offering an Online School Challenge as a way for schools to earn extra funds.
Order pizza online anytime during the school year and Marco’s Pizza will award “Pizza Points” to the designated school that will receive credit for the order. At the end of the challenge, Marco’s Pizza will award $20,000 in prizes, spread among the top five schools with the most pizza points. In addition Marco’s Pizza will award $500 each month during the school year to the school with the most points for that month.
Marco’s will post monthly point leaders throughout the year on their Facebook page.
Counties included in the Online Challenge are Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Fulton counties in the Toledo area, and participating schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit, Huron, Erie, Ashland, Stark and Richland counties in the Cleveland area.
• Schools are listed on the local Marco’s Pizza online ordering site. (Marco’s also posts fundraising ideas for schools to make the most of the opportunity, found at Marcos.com/challenge.)
• When parents/friends/neighbors order online they simply designate their school.
• Pizza Points will be awarded for every online order. Each school, based on the number of students, will have a point factor that makes it fair for schools of all sizes, and each have an equal chance of winning.
• Pizza Points will be updated monthly and communicated to the schools.