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The struggling economy has brought forth a new wave of savvy shoppers who have discovered the

school-supply-photo
Michelle Emahiser-Allen (left) and
Jen Myers with school supplies
collected for Genoa-area students
at the recent Coupon for Christ
event held in Genoa.

 secrets to saving hundreds on their monthly grocery bill all while giving to the community.

Jen Myers, of Genoa has turned this couponing hobby into a passion of helping others. She started couponing not long ago, when a woman held a coupon class for the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group to which she belonged.

To her excitement, Myers said she saved 70 percent her first time using coupons. “Before, I never even touched a coupon,” she said. “Thirty-five cents is not worth my time. I have kids – forget it,” she said.

“It looks like a lot of work but it’s not,” she added. “It takes $3 a week and 45 minutes of my time cutting coupons.”

Myers was able to triple the amount of items in her pantry, and went from store brand to name brand. She was getting items free or even sometimes being paid by stores like Rite Aid to take some of their stock.

She would only keep the items she knew her family of four would use, and she would then take the rest into the Genoa food pantry. “If everyone did this, we could give so much,” Myers said.

Eventually, people she didn’t even know began to contact her, asking her to teach a class for them. So she started a Facebook page and named her new non-profit business Coupons for Christ.

Before long, she needed a facility big enough to hold the large groups she was teaching. Her friend and co-owner of Latte’da in Genoa, Jennifer Delventhal came to mind.

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As your child prepares to head into the school year, it is important for parents to provide guidance and set standards for their child’s well being for the upcoming year. As your child moves into a school setting, considerations about how to keep your child healthy should take top priority.

First, school-age children need eight to 10 hours of sleep to work at the highest level of learning while in school. Children need good sleeping habits that will last a lifetime and these habits start early. Below are a few tips to help your family get adequate sleep each night:

• Set a regular time for bed each night and stick to it;

• Avoid feeding children big meals close to bedtime;

• Avoid caffeine less than six hours before bedtime;

• Make after-dinner playtime a relaxing time;

• Establish a calming bedtime routine.

Second, limit screen time to two hours or less a day and be sure the content children watch is carefully selected and adult approved. If you would like to reduce your child’s screen time, here are a few tips:

• Be a good role model and limit your screen time, too. If your kids see you following your own rules, then they’ll be more likely to do the same.

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Owens Community College and Lake Local Schools are continuing to expand their partnership to enhance student success with a new collaboration that will give all graduating Lake High School students in financial need the opportunity to pursue a free college education through Owens’ Success Program initiative.

The 2010 Lake High School graduating class will serve as the initial recipients of the program, which is designed to assist students who receive only partial federal financial aid in the form of a Pell Grant to attend college. The Success Program will bridge the gap between the federal grant aid a student receives and the cost of an Owens education.

“Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with Lake Local Schools and help their students realize their goals of a college education,” said Ann Savage, Owens Executive Director of College Development and the Owens Foundation. “The goal of the Success Program is to ensure that a college education is a viable and realistic option for all students throughout the region. Financial barriers should not be the reason that a student cannot attend college.

“Tornados may have destroyed Lake High School, but it did not destroy the will and determination of its staff and students,” Savage said.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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