PORTAGE COUNTY America Stand Strong is theme Elementary entertainers perform for Society of the Blind

By: Laura Nethken Published:

Members of the Portage County Society of the Blind held their regular monthly meeting recently at the Portage County Administration Building in Ravenna. Erma Hoover, president, presided over the meeting.

Lois Corbitt, chaplain, gave the invocation. Dianne Forsythe, director of music at Rootstown Schools, introduced her group of young entertainers, fifth- and sixth-grade students who performed a patriotic program.

A feature for the group is a song which started as a poem, written by fifth-grader Rachel Michael right after Sept. 11, 200l. Forsythe read the poem and knew they were lyrics and immediately put it to music. The title of the poem is America Stand Strong.

Dorothy Jones announced that a check for $100 will be sent to the group from Acme for the cash register receipts that members of the Society of the Blind have saved to date. Members were reminded to continue to turn in the Acme cash register receipts.

It was announced that new membership lists are available from Betty Schwinn, membership chairman. Two new members, Sam Sweet and Frank Bober, were welcomed by the group during the meeting. They each gave information on the Lions Clubs upcoming activities.

Refreshments were served by Erma Hoover, Dorothy Jones, Esther Kouba, Dortha Tenant and Jan Ward.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 10 at the Portage County Administration Building, 449 S. Meridian St., in Ravenna.

Fifth- and sixth-grade students from Rootstown Elementary School recently put on a patriotic program for the Portage County Society of the Blind. The members of the young entertainers group include front row, from left, Anthony Christensen, Justin Blake, Scott Ward, Michael Kapusta, Rebecca Winkler, Rachel Michael, Ashley Fearon, Kyle Siciliano, Holly Irsak and Jennifer Hormell; middle row, Jody Michael, Jordan Michael, Erin Ecknat, Jessica Just, Julia Colecchi, Mariah Morter, Jessica Thompson and Ashley Hutzel; and back row, Joshua Yinkey, Zachary Morehead, Kyle Darrah, Alyssa Smith, director Dianne Forsythe, Melissa Edwards, Melissa Reynolds, Lauren Hughes and Brittany Waples.

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