Mantua Township school deserves to be put to use

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An open letter to the citizens of Mantua Township:

The beautiful, fire-resistant township school building was opened in 1914 as a 12-grade school. It became a grade school after consolidation, continuing to educate township children until the new primary and intermediate schools opened in 2004.

The Mantua Township trustees then purchased the building from the school board, planning to use it for township office space and rentals. For a variety of reasons, this has taken a long time to achieve, but our fiscal officer has recently moved her office into the building and it seems that we are finally making progress toward using this valuable resource.

When an open house was held in 2010, public comment strongly favored having the school open to the public for such things as senior citizen activities, a library or just a community gathering place. As one citizen who would very much like to see this happen, I have decided to put my money where my mouth is and have rented the fully accessible cafeteria/gym for six successive Tuesdays to see what kind of community response I can get to opening the school for public use.

You are invited! Each Tuesday through March 19 I will have the cafeteria wing open from 9 a.m. until early evening, with a coffee pot on and activities both planned and spontaneous. People of all ages are invited to come visit with friends, play cards or board games, work a puzzle. Lessons in knitting, crochet, watercolor and quilt piecing will be scheduled, and service opportunities will be available. There will be a table for exchange of books and magazines. Parentally supervised playgroups are welcome. Tutoring may be available after school hours. Lunch and supper will be potluck as participants provide, with the hope that no one goes away hungry.

Feel free to contact me with questions and suggestions.

Ellie Monroe, Mantua

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