Connecting over coffee
As a means to meet informally with residents of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, Guy Parmigian, school superintendent, and Treasurer Tim Coffman decided to hold what they call Coffee Connections.
The gatherings give residents a chance to ask questions about the district and learn about the district’s operations.
The next Coffee Connection is set for July 11 at 8 a.m. at the Happy Hour Inn, 124 W. Water St., Oak Harbor, and will include Cheryl Schell, the new principal of Oak Harbor High School.
The school board approved a three-year contract with Schell on June 12. She has worked in the Fremont City School District for 25 years – most recently as assistant principal at Fremont Ross High School.
Future Coffee Connections are scheduled for Aug. 13 at Kozy Corners; Sept. 10 at Blackberry Corners; Oct. 8 at Subway in Oak Harbor; Nov. 2 at McDonald’s in Oak Harbor and Dec. 10 at Mill Street Brew.
All the sessions will start at 10 a.m.
Clay 35th reunion
Clay High School Class of 1979 will hold its 35th class reunion Oct. 10 at the homecoming football game/alumni band night, and Oct. 11 at a dinner/dance at St. Michael’s on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.
Golf cart raffle
In conjunction with its annual golf outing, the Terra College Foundation is having a raffle for a one-of-a-kind golf cart.
The completely reconditioned 1998 Yamaha Model G-16 will be awarded at the golf outing Aug. 4 at the Catawba Island Club. Ticket-holders need not be present to win.
The electric cart comes with six new batteries and a new charger that plugs into a regular electrical outlet. With 36 volts of power, it can reach speeds up to 18 miles per hour at full throttle. It is not street legal, but can be made so with a light kit, horn and windshield wiper (not included).
The cart was donated by Tom Kern to help raise funds for student scholarships.
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the Terra State College Store in Building B or at the Foundation Office in A-202. For more information on the raffle or the golf outing, call 419-559-2325.
Backpack to the Future
As another school year comes to an end, many students are once again placing their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying next fall’s latest fashion trend.
Once again, Owens Community College Alumni Association is sponsoring the “Backpack to the Future” drive, which collects backpacks, along school supplies, which will be donated to low-income students in Northwest Ohio when the next school year begins.
Throughout the summer, area residents are encouraged to donate new and gently used backpacks, along with new school supplies, including crayons, markers, glue, colored pencils, folders, tissues, etc. at the Owens Office of Alumni Relations on the Toledo-area campus.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given 3,399 backpacks and 62,224 school supply items to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
Terra State Community College, in partnership with SCHRMA, will host the Third Annual Heroes Run Aug. 16 on the campus.
Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will go to the Haldon Dodway Veterans Scholarship Fund to assist veterans at Terra State.
Pre-registration is $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for those under 10. The deadline to pre-register is July 28. Age categories range from 9 and under to 70 and over.
Vendors will be on campus selling shirts, beverages and food. For more information, call Joyce Spencer at 419-559-2348.
KidsCollege and FunFest return to the Terra State Community College campus July 14-18.
Classes, which are two hours long, will meet Monday through Thursday in morning and afternoon sessions. Course offerings include “Hollywood Here I Come,” “More Exploding Science,” “Spa Day,” “Building Wars” and “Hula Hoop Mania.”
The FunFest, which will be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., requires a separate registration. Mr. Gallagher, the Science Guy, will be on campus to entertain and educate. Children will learn physics, see first-hand how science and water work together, and participate in obstacle courses, outdoor games and crafts.
The full schedule and registration options are available online at www.terra.edu/learning. Call 800-826-2431 for more information.
Host families needed
Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are seeking host families for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year.
Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Hosts, which can be traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc., serve as mentors and a home base for their student.
Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions.
“Every year our region plays host to hundreds of talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Emily Rolin, iE-USA’s Area Director.
iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.
Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.
Host families may review prospective student profiles online at iE-USA.org.