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Mt. Healthy: Top Ladies of Distinction Provides Books for Mt. Healthy Students

Top Ladies of Distinction Cincinnati delivered a donation of over 300 books as literacy options to Mt. Healthy North and South Elementary third grade students to read at home. Each of the third graders will receive a book that encourages and inspires them to continue reading and practicing their skills. The donated books are culturally responsive about famous people.

Jana Wolfe, Mt. Healthy City School District Executive Director of Teaching and Learning explained about the district’s literacy initiatives, “Getting students excited about reading and literacy is really what we want to do. These books would be something of great interest to them due to the cultural nature of the stories. We do want Kids to be reading books even though they have so many other options, so it’s really important to get them excited about reading and literacy.” 

Cincinnati church donates $150,000 to help 500 Princeton City Schools’ students receive electronics


The Vineyard Cincinnati Church donated $150,000 to the school district to be used for electronic devices, including Chromebooks and Wi-Fi access for students.

“The most powerful educational tool that we have is the internet,” said Tom Burton, Superintendent at Princeton City Schools. “You wouldn’t think about not giving each child a textbook for class. Yet when it comes to the most powerful educational tool we have, the internet (connectivity), it is not available for each student. This generous gift helps to close the digital divide and provide opportunities which previously did not exist for each student.”

Foster Families Overcome Learning Challenges During Pandemic

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1

In Ohio, at least 16,000 children are in the foster care system. Getting through 2020 was a chore all by itself, especially when it came to kids learning virtually while in state custody. Yet, families managed to make it through.

What You Need To Know

  • Temporarily suspended services like counseling and speech therapy made things harder with remote learning.
  • Families can’t always be sure when foster care visitations will take place as schools switch back and forth between remote and hybrid learning.
  • The Buckeye Ranch has seen a 63% increase in foster care placements.

Opinion: Partners helped remove barriers for CPS students

Laura Mitchell – Opinion contributor, Cincinnati Enquirer |

“Cincinnati Public Schools is fortunate to have 800 partners who continuously come to the aid of our students, staff and families, whether to help a few students, an entire school or our entire district of 36,000. They have been the shining light as we navigate through this pandemic.”

Laura Mitchell is superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Mason/Great Oaks students work to increase immunizations in Nigeria

The project started with Mason High School student Sid Varman, who with his project mates Shishir Annamaneni, Snehil Pulluri, Vansh Patel, and Neev Gupta, are part of the Great Oaks Career Campuses Biomedical Science program. They became active in an internship through the organization Leadership Initiatives, which involves American students in public health activities in Bauchi State. “We like that this is a new experience,” said Varman.  “We’ve learned biology and chemistry and medicine, but not public health.

Their goal is to increase TB and measles immunizations in Bauchi State, Nigeria. To do so, they must convince a skeptical public that the life-saving immunizations are safe and effective.

Of the roughly 100 student teams across the United States, they were the only ones to tackle the immunization issue.

Read more at Great Oaks Career Campuses

Springboro JHS Students Sing Christmas Carols to Nursing Home Residents

A group of Springboro Junior High School students and staff joined together to bring some holiday cheer to nursing home residents and Middletown. Counselor Mary McConnell organized the group of students and staff to sing Christmas carols at Arlington Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Read more at Springboro Schools.

Local high school students help build beds for new day center for the homeless

Kathryn Robinson, WKRC |

The old Queensgate jail will open with a new name and a new mission on Tuesday. The Todd B. Portune Day Center will be a place for those experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet.

Dozens of Elder students and a handful of students from St. Ursula Academy worked Sunday to build 99 bunk beds for the center.

Free learning centers help Columbus students navigate online school

Alissa Widman Nesse, The Columbus Dispatch |

The sites, operated by local churches, nonprofit groups and city recreation centers, offer small groups of students reliable internet, meals and help with classwork and homework in a safe, socially-distant setting. The Columbus City Schools website has a list of all centers, with hours and grades served varying for each location.

Springboro Receives $350K in CARES Act Funds

Springboro Community City Schools |

Springboro Schools would like to thank the Warren County Board of Commissioners, who voted unanimously to grant Springboro Schools $350,576.27 of the funds Warren County received as part of the CARES Act.

The district will use these funds on expenses that have already occurred, due to COVID-19, as well as additional needs identified by the district to include cleaning supplies and instructional software to further enhance remote learning capabilities.

Student business feeds thousands around the Tri-State during the holidays


While many high school students are relaxing over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a group of students from Ross High School is working this weekend to feed hungry families.

Jee Foods is a student-operated, anti-hunger nonprofit that grew out of a single class at Butler Tech. About 13 students and 200 volunteers are part of the organization, which reclaims and repurposes food that restaurants might otherwise throw away.

“Our adviser there taught us to run it just like a business. To us students, that was the first thing that provided the connection,” said Grimm. “So, we need to see ourselves as business professionals.”

That means some students handle the finances, some handle operations and some handle the marketing.

Every Saturday, students and volunteers unload semitrailers filled with food boxes. The boxes get loaded into vehicles representing 30 local partners, which then distribute the food. About 2,500 food boxes are headed to communities across the Tri-State within a few hours.

Hamstra, Meibers Recognized by Harrison Chamber

Superintendent John Hamstra has been awarded the Mary Lou Smith Outstanding Community Service Award, and Athletic Director Mark Meibers has been named the Greater Harrison Rising Star of the Year.

“It’s Time to Step Up Warren County”

The PSA, which features Gov. Mike DeWine, State Senator Steve Wilson, Superintendents from all of Warren County’s schools, as well as Carol Hughes from the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, was created in order to showcase a countywide message on recognizing the importance of keeping Warren County businesses and schools open, in addition to keeping their community safe.

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