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Whether your child is entering kindergarten or middle school, keeping him or her safe is a 24/7 priority number-one.

At school, after school or at home, every parent, grandparent and babysitter must stay alert to possible dangers. It is no longer as easy as telling our children not to take candy from a stranger, or not to get into a car with a stranger. Today’s parents and guardians must be on top of Internet activity and cell phone and text message use in addition to all the previous concerns.

Kids should:
• Pay attention to your surroundings and your gut feelings and report all strangers who try to approach you to your parents or guardian.

• Check in with your parents when you leave for a friend’s house.

• Take the main routes – do not use short cuts.


Two new members will be inducted to the Clay High School Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Clay Memorial Stadium.

The inductees include Ray Walendzak, retired fire chief, school board member and coach, and Tom Walton, retired editor and vice president of The Blade.

Walendzak graduated from Clay in 1959, and was active in football, wrestling and baseball. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966.

He returned to Oregon and started his career with the Oregon Fire Department, where he became the first assistant fire chief for five years, and was then promoted to fire chief, serving more than 20 years before retiring in 2007.


It’s an idea that just adds up…giving young students a chance to practice and even improve math skills over the summer will give them a jump on the new school year.

This summer, Coy Elementary School teachers have been volunteering their time to present a Summer Math Club, which was open to all the school’s students. The club is held Tuesday evenings, meeting since June 17 and running through Aug. 12.

Club members are required to practice their math facts at least an hour each week. They then check in Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m. “Upon their check-in, students are given a ‘brag tag’ and are entered in a drawing for prizes, which include Jet Express tickets, Toledo Mud Hens tickets, Toledo Zoo tickets and a movie gift card,” Coy Principal Amy Molnar said.

The principal noted this is the first time Coy has offered the Summer Math Club, and thus far, she and the participating teachers have been pleased with students’ participation – to date, 83 students have studied their math facts a total of 27,245 minutes.

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