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Students invited to enjoy a “Day on the Wild Side” July 22
        The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Winous Point Marsh Conservancy; ODNR Division of Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite youths in fifth through eighth grades to spend “A Day on the Wild Side.”
        The camp will be held Thursday, July 22 from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Winous Point Hunt Club in Port Clinton.
        Participants will have an opportunity to learn many different outdoor skills in a safe and fun environment. Some of the activities include archery, bird banding, fishing, canoeing, shooting, the importance of habitat, and the history of the Winous Point Hunt Club, North America’s Oldest Hunt Club.
        The cost to attend is $20. Participation is limited to 60 students.
        To sign up or for more info, call 419-898-1595 or visit to download the registration form.
Home-based program enrolling
        Spaces are open for Ottawa County families who are interested in learning opportunities through the Home-Based Program at Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP).
        The program offers weekly learning sessions for families with children ages birth-3. Participating families meet one-on-one with a home-based coach who provides school readiness activities, parent mentoring, help with developing family routines, and other educational activities that help children learn and parents grow as teachers. The service is offered at no cost to eligible families.
        With warmer weather here, coaches are again offering in-person meetings with families who wish to have at-home learning sessions. Families may also meet virtually with coaches, if desired.
        “The Home-Based Program emphasizes that parents are their children’s first and primary teachers,” said Gaby King, GLCAP quality teaching specialist. “We are here to help parents in this role, and act as support for parents to help ensure that their children have the best early educational experiences possible.”
        The GLCAP Home-Based Program utilizes Growing Great Kids curriculum, a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum that supports children and parents alike in early childhood development. Families in the program will also have the opportunity to join monthly playgroups with other home-based families for socialization and support.
        To learn more, call Ottawa County Home-Based Coaches Susan Benner and Shannon Matso at 419-734-1452, email or, or visit
Resume Career Workshop
        The Wood County District Public Library’s technology team will present a resume workshop Monday, June 21 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
        Participants will learn how to use Microsoft Word templates to create a unique resume that will stand out to future employers and how to find a template that best fits their unique brand and skill set.
        Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050 or email
Teacher receives SONIC awards
        To honor the creative efforts teachers have made to maneuver their ever-shifting learning environments and keep students engaged this past year, SONIC Drive-In donated $1.5 million to teacher requests on the national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4.
        As part of SONIC’s ongoing “Limeades for Learning” initiative, the $1.5 million donation helped fund more than 7,000 teacher requests across the country in need of critical resources, including the request of a Jerusalem Elementary teacher, who received a combined donation of $423.
        On Teacher Appreciation Day, the brand matched 50 percent of each donation made to all teacher requests on DonorsChoose.
        Jerusalem Elementary fourth-grade teacher Samantha Overman received funding for her projects, “STEM Centers for Hands on Learning,” “MagnaTiles for Math Minds,” “Fond Farewell Gifts,” “Basic Supplies for Stupendous Students” and “Ready to Review Math? Let’s GLOW!”
        “Teachers took this past year head-on, engineering a variety of innovative methods to keep their students learning in both in-person and virtual classrooms,” said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer for SONIC. “We express our gratitude to teachers like these, who create inspirational learning environments for students during a challenging time.”
        Visit to learn about future funding opportunities and explore public school teacher requests in your community in need of support.
AG seeks students for
Teen Ambassador Board

        Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office is accepting applications for the Teen Ambassador Board.
        The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board consists of high school juniors and seniors from public, private, charter, online and home schools in Ohio. The mission of the program is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at state law and government.
        “Supporting and providing opportunities to our youth is a great way to help shape the future,” Yost said. “The Teen Ambassador Board will enhance students’ leadership skills, and I hope that they take this knowledge and build on it. I hope they become inspired to pursue careers in public service for the Buckeye State.”
        The student board members advise the office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. They serve a one-year term during which they will participate in activities across the state.    Ohio high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2021-22 academic year are eligible to apply for the Teen Ambassador Board.
        Applications are due June 25. The application can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website,
Wildlife refuge partners
in Little Free Library

        Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is collaborating with the Catawba Stewards of Little Free Library to install a little free library at the refuge’s West Harbor Landing Unit on SR 53, Port Clinton.
        Through the Little Free Library system, millions of books are exchanged and shared each year increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. A volunteer support group called the Catawba Stewards of the Little Free Library will administer the Little Free Library. The group will donate books and their time to monitor and manage the library.
        The refuge will work with the volunteer group to ensure the library will have many different types of nature themed books to exchange. A volunteer carpenter, David Meade, who is a resident of Catawba Island, built the little free library. Meade donated all the supplies to build the library.
        Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the Catawba Stewards of Little Free Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25.
Mom’s House
honors graduates

        Mom’s House, a Toledo-based organization that serves low-income, student parents of children aged 6 weeks to 5 years who are dedicated to completing their educations celebrated its 2021 graduates on May 25 in an outdoor ceremony.
        The pandemic has caused many challenges for the young families at Mom’s House. While graduation still looks a bit different this year, the six 2021 Mom’s House graduates endured, and a celebration of their accomplishments means so much more to the organization, its graduates and their loved ones.
        “Every life, every story, every accomplishment is significant,” said Christina Rodriguez, Mom’s House executive director. “Our clients have overcome so many barriers and setbacks to get to this place, so a big celebration is definitely in order!”
        The 2021 Mom’s House graduating class included:
        • Jerri Crisp, high school diploma from Maritime Academy.
        • Tiawnna Butler, Associate’s in Nursing (RN) from Athena Career Academy.
        • Kiera Barnum, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Athena Career Academy.
        • Jansenique Haynes, high school diploma.
        • Sheena Bounds, Associate’s in Culinary Studies from Owens Communicate College.
        • Rosalyn Whickum, Master’s in communications from Bowling Green State University.          
        “Mom's House strives to break the cycles of poverty and welfare,” said Rodriguez. “It is our mission to guide at-risk, single parents through the process of achieving educational goals and providing the tools and resources needed to become effective parents,” she said. As part of that, we also need to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing job they’re doing.”
        For more info about Mom’s House, visit


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