Oak Harbor youth attends summit
Kasey Peterson, a participant in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth program operated by WSOS in Ottawa County, visited the White House Jan. 5 to participate in the launch of President Obama’s 2012 Summer Jobs Plus program.
Kasey, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, was accompanied by her mom, Sherry, along with Oak Harbor Village Administrator Robert Pauley, and WSOS Development Specialist Kerrie Carte. Pauley supervised Kasey when she completed her summer program duties as an administrative assistant at the Oak Harbor mayor’s office.
Goodwill Industries made a donation of new outfits for the Petersons to wear for the trip. In addition, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown provided tickets for the group to tour the White House while they were in Washington, D.C. The group met with Sen. Brown’s Chief of Staff.
The Summer Jobs Plus program is a summer jobs initiative for American youth. The daylong summit was organized as a call to action for businesses, non-profits and government to provide pathways to employment for youths in the summer of 2012.
WSOS was asked by the national Community Action Partnership to represent community action agencies at the summit. Kasey was selected to represent Ohio youth because of her exemplary work while a participant of the program.
Raffle winners make donation
The Ottawa County Junior Fair expressed its gratitude to everyone who bought a raffle ticket for a shopping spree in 2011.
The winning ticket drawn was the Senior Fair Board’s ticket. Instead of taking the shopping spree, the board voted to donate the value of the shopping spree – $400 – to the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
The Junior Fair also thanked Oak Harbor’s Community Market and both Oak Harbor and Port Clinton Liberty Tax offices for helping with ticket sales.