This is Stephanie Parish Smith's report on her students spending the afternoon volunteering with the Village workers and the Lions Club to give back and prep the town for spring and summer.
"From making new 'Welcome to Windham' signs, to planting flowers, to painting curbs, to picking up trash, to painting the dugouts, tables and benches at the Village Park, grades six through 12 were out and excited to give back.
The Lions Club came to me with the idea in January. The Village jumped on board and the kids couldn't wait.
Many think social studies is just studying history but it's more. It's teaching the kids to work together, to take pride in where they're from; to take care of where they're from and to represent their family, their school, their community and themselves as best they can.
I can't express how impressed I am with the support from the Lions Club and the Village. Both always support my 'ideas' and they're always behind the schools. Anything I asked for, they took care of! Our Village is really lucky to have them both -- Alan Finn and Debbie Blewitt were the MVPs of this project!
Don Miller cut and donated wood signs and the students designed and painted them during their community service class.
All around --- great day! Administration circulated through the Village to help supervise and all students were working hard! The support from community members (donating water, food) and the support from the Lions Club and the Village really made this day possible.
This is a value that I've only seen in Windham. People and students don't pour out to support their town and give back. Our school is the nicest in Portage County and the stuff going on inside of it is amazing! These kids are proud of Windham -- proud to give back -- and proud to be Bombers."
Our Windham Art students will have their art displayed at "Art on Main," an Art Fair in Ravenna from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24. The art will be displayed at various downtown locations. Local and professional artists will offer painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Another feature of Art on Main is displays of art work from local schools with art from students kindergarten through 12th grade.
I have been told that there will be some amazing art from Windham students. Art teacher and artist Lauryn Gintert Seger is proud of our students' work and happy to put it on display. She also will also have a booth of her own art work. This sounds like a fun event and an opportunity to support Windham students.
A scalloped potatoes and ham dinner will be the main dish at the Free Community Lunch being served at the Brick Chapel from noon to 1 p.m. June 10. The free lunches are served on the second Saturday of each month by the Congregational United Church of Christ.
The Windham Lions Club trailer, serving sausage or steak sandwiches with peppers and onions, will be open on July 7 and 8 at the old Sparkle parking lot. Beverages are also sold at the trailer. Go and support this local group that does so many projects to benefit the Windham community.
The Windham Bible Church will have missionaries from Guinea at 6 p.m. July 15. Everyone is welcome to come hear their stories. They also will speak during church service on July 16, again all are welcome to come.
Coleman Pregnancy Service is open at the Renaissance Family Center in room 317. They will be open on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide variety of services are available -- they offer free pregnancy testing and free prenatal vitamins. They will teach what to expect during labor and delivery.
The mother will receive help with applying for WIC, Medicaid, and Snap, etc. Clients will have the opportunity to learn about infant care, nutrition, financial management and more. Also there will be assistance with getting a job. If needed there will assistance with depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy. There will be help with diapers, wipes, clothes or other needed items. This program offers a lot of things to moms who are expecting a baby.
The Renaissance Family Center is preparing for its annual Craft Show on Oct. 28. If you would like an application to have a booth, contact the RFC at 9095 Wilverne, Windham OH, or call 330-326-3003. Booths are $20 plus $5 if you would like to use a table.
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