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Genoa Middle School staff members are daring students to “cross the line” this school year. This time, though, it’s a good thing.

A character building theme for teens, “Choose to Care”, is being intertwined into daily school activities. The push is always on to help kids excel at school work and on the playing field. This program goes beyond that to spur kids to open their eyes and hearts to others – to learn to care, explained guidance counselor Kathleen Bressan.

She and Principal Kevin Katafias choose a theme annually to promote student involvement and growth. They liked the “Choose to Care” program because it extends the caring to those around them and the community.

As a result, Student of the Month winners aren’t based solely on academic prowess. Teachers select honorees because they put the theme into action daily through multiple ways such as sharing, creativity, humor, loyalty, participation and compassion. Postcards sent home detail the students’ effort. And at school, they are rewarded with pizza parties.

“It’s not just about academics,” Bressan emphasized. “It’s about being gentler, nicer, kinder … and the world can be a better place.”

Recent Student of the Month winners have been surprised by the reasons listed for their receiving the award. “A lot of times they don’t realize that teachers notice more than just your grades,” the counselor said.

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Oregon schools to emphasize positive message

The loss of a 5.9-mill levy in the Oregon City Schools District earlier this month is prompting Superintendent Lonny Rivera to reevaluate the reasons behind the defeat.

Voters on Nov. 4 soundly defeated the levy 60.23 percent to 39.77 percent, according to unofficial results by the Lucas County board of elections.

“I’m very aware that our message either has to be more fine-tuned or there’s something else I have to get out to our community,” said Rivera at a school board meeting last Tuesday.

“I have been listening. But I can tell you this: We have been doing some wonderful things for kids. I always want to stay in a positive vein for what our district is about,” he said.

Many are still struggling economically, he added.

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After going into executive session Tuesday to discuss what was described in their meeting agenda as pending litigation, the Lake Township trustees agreed to authorize the township administrator to enter into an agreement with a Toledo law firm.

The board of trustees authorized Mark Hummer, police chief/administrator, to prepare a “letter of engagement” for the law firm of Spengler & Nathanson.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, township officials declined to discuss the matter but two members of the board of trustees, Richard Welling and Melanie Bowen, did say the decision to possibly retain the law firm was based on a recommendation by Philip Dombey, township solicitor.

Welling said a lawsuit wasn’t involved in the decision to meet in executive session.

Hummer also declined to discuss the issue.

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A new logo and motto will boost Genoa Chamber of Commerce efforts in the coming year.

Rebecca Booth won the logo contest and Cynthia Wise took top honors in the motto contest. Each won $250 for their entries. Chamber members and the village administration recognized the winners at the annual chamber dinner Nov. 13.

The chamber and the village sponsored the contest which collected about 50 entries, according to Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.

Genoa chamber members decided early in the year they wanted to change their look, according to board trustee Deb Angelbeck when she announced the contest in the spring on the chamber website.

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At the Toneff Tae Kwon Do Studio, a recent set of promotion testing resulted in eight students receiving their black belts, while two others received their second-degree black belts. According to the studio’s founder, Pat Toneff, getting to this level takes an incredible amount of dedication.

“To test for the black belt, they have nine patterns that they have to do. To get through the patterns, it’s literally hundreds and hundreds of moves,” he said.

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of martial arts. It would be wrong to think that it’s about violence, though.

“(Tai Kwon Do) is the Korean art of self-defense. We do spar and have some good fighter, but we’re not a fight club. The whole attitude is so important,” said Toneff.

For Toneff, that attitude surrounding Tae Kwon Do is just important as the physical aspect.

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