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The tradition of giving gifts to teachers during the holiday season is still going


Teachers love to receive gifts with a homemade touch -- especially
when they include something created by their students.

strong. But many parents -- particularly those with children who are new to school -- can be unsure of what kinds of gifts are appropriate and will be most welcomed by their children’s teachers. In some schools, the tradition includes presenting a joint gift from all of the families in a class while, in others, teachers tend to receive gifts from individual families. While there is no right or wrong to teacher gift-giving, it is always a good idea to check with veteran parents or the principal about the school’s policy or preferences.

The key to selecting teachers’ gifts that will truly be appreciated is to stay both general and practical. While many veteran teachers report having received enough apple-themed keepsakes and whimsical desk ornaments to fill a museum, many classrooms from coast to coast lack anything beyond the most basic supplies. As a result, many teachers spend hundreds of their own dollars each year to outfit their classrooms and their students with supplies and instructional aids.


Terra students attend conference in Georgia
Five Terra Community College students recently were guests of a national


professional organization at its annual convention in Savannah, Ga.

The Society of Plastics Engineers, Color and Appearance Division, picked up the tab for the five who are all students in the plastics technology program at Terra. Jamie Przybylski, professor in the Terra program, accompanied the students to the convention.

“It’s a big investment for SPE,” he said. “It really shows their support of our program and our students.”

Attending an event like that is a great way to network, Przybylski said, and his students agreed.

“It was definitely productive,” said Matthew Goodman of Green Springs. “They wanted my resume and it made me feel confident that when I graduate, I will find a job, most definitely. They are still hiring. They are always looking for another group of color matchers.”

While Goodman attended his third conference, Cody Uhl of Sandusky was a rookie.

“It was interesting, especially the pigment part,” Uhl said. “It seems like there’s a lot to learn yet.”

Przybylski teaches some of his classes online and he met several of his students he’d never seen before. Several former students who are now working in the industry were also in attendance and spent time meeting with Przybylski and his current students.

“Some of these alumni now own businesses in the plastics industry, so seeing them at the convention really shows that there is such an up-side to this field,” Goodman said.

For more information on the plastics program at Terra, contact Przybylski at 419-559-2459 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The group representing Terra at the plastics convention included, from left, Justin Garcia and Matt Goodman, both of Green Springs, Todd Kaczorowski of Luckey, Cody Uhl of Sandusky, Jamie Przybylski of Pemberville, and Thomas Horn of Green Springs.

Legion hosts Buckeye State delegates
Christ Dunberger American Legion and Auxiliary sponsored five young men who attended Buckeye Boys State, held in Bowling Green, and three young women who attended Buckeye Girls State, held at Ashland University. Two additional young women were sponsored by the Oregon Business Women’s Association.  The students were from Clay, Cardinal Stritch, Northwood and Waite high schools.

The Buckeye Boys and Girls State programs are designed to education Ohio’s young men and women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. Students get involved in the governmental process, learning more about city, county and state government.

The Legion post recently held a potluck supper for the delegates and their parents, teachers and principals, where the delegates were invited to share their thoughts about the Buckeye State experience.

Those attending Buckeye Boys State included Andrew Gale, Brian Hopkins, Derek Gyori, Dennis Sartor and Greg Avery. Buckeye Girls State attendees included Dayna Ferguson, Morgan McQueary, Christine Carlo, Rachael Kincaid, Santoria Sawyer.

Several suburban-area students were among 33 Terra Community College students inducted during ceremonies Nov. 17 into the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honorary.

Those honored included Tonya Burkett and Alyssa Reed, of Gibsonburg; Karen Faulk, of Woodville; Jonathan Harmon, of Genoa; Jessica Knallay, of Bradner; and Julia Yoss, of Oak Harbor.

SLL All-Academic
Woodmore led Suburban Lakes League student-athletes with 19 SLL All-Academic choices, followed by Elmwood (18), Lake (15), Otsego (14), Eastwood (13), Gibsonburg (7), and Genoa (6).

Woodmore selections are (cross country) Lynne Schroeder, Brock Avers; (football) Aaron Albright, Joey Braun, Tyler Donnell, Justin Garver, Ben St. John; (soccer) Lauren Avers, Mallary Bellair, Kim Canfield, Amanda Hefflinger, Tori Klickman, Kate Wegert; (volleyball) Katey Anderson, Erin Bostic, Tiffany Davenport, Elisha Stone, Rachel Utendorf, and Amanda Willhardt.

Lake — (cross country) Zack Powell, Louis Szilagyi, Jessica Albright, (football) Greg Grove, Ryan Hotmer, Jacob Pack, Alex Stefan, Terry Tomanski, (golf) Nathan Lowe, (soccer) Nick Byrd, Tim Metz, Kristen Lehman, (volleyball) Rachel Duncan, Katie Everhardt, and Brianne Freeman.

Eastwood — (cross country) Chase Baldwin, Julie Chambers, (football) Seth Hoffman, Jake Rogers, Clayton Ruch, (soccer) Chris Hoffman, Greg Zink, Hannah Jacobs, Kristin Martin, Katlin Nicely, Jessica Schulte, Ashley Seifert, and (volleyball) Katie Dewyre.

Gibsonburg — (cross country) Neiko Alvarado, Kendall Bates, Kirsten Eickert, Jessica Whetsel, (football) Lewis Morelock, (volleyball) Samantha Burgoon and Aubrey Goetz.

Genoa — (cross country) Zack Davis, (football) Jon Lester, Jacob Schreuder, Scott Travis, (soccer) Amanda Curry and Staci Herman.

Clay student  attends forum
Clay High School senior Cody Connally attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation Nov. 3-8 in Washington, D.C.

During the program, students were introduced to careers in the legal profession. Through extensive simulations, students had the opportunity to exercise the skills used by Supreme Court justices who rule on key issues facing the U.S. today.

State Sen. Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) and Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls) recently introduced Senate Bill 210 to enlist Ohio’s schools in combating the childhood obesity epidemic.

“Now is the time for Ohio to move forward with a comprehensive plan to address childhood obesity in our schools,” Kearney said in testimony before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “Failure to address obesity at an early age will lead to lifelong health issues and will come at enormous expense.”

One in three Ohio kids is overweight or obese by the age of 8. The Ohio Family Health Survey 2008 found that childhood obesity is a major public health threat that impacts every demographic group in every corner of the state.


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