10 things you can do at home to prepare them for academic success

Back-to-school preparations go beyond school clothes purchases and new backpacks filled with school supplies.  The Parent Institute, the U.S. Department of Education and the nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) have ideas for creating a learning-rich home environment. We combined their ideas into this simple, home learning list to kickstart your child’s literacy and mathematical acuity

School nurses share tips for keeping kids healthy this school year

There is nothing worse than back-to-school sniffles. Because it’s not realistic to keep kids in a bubble, we’ve compiled tried-and-true tips, provided by school nurses, for keeping kids healthy. Madelynn Whitman, school nurse at Bigelow Hill Intermediate, recommends preventing illness by building a healthy immune system: “Eat a healthy breakfast. Sometimes time is an issue.

Project Happy Feet provides shoes for students in need

Going back to school is often associated with new school supplies and shiny new shoes, but for some Hancock County families those items are just not affordable. That’s where Project Happy Feet steps in. Project Happy Feet,  a community collaboration with Christian Clearing House (CCH),  provides vouchers for kids in need, allowing them to shop

Back to School Guide: Lunch Packing Made Easy

School supplies are bought. Wardrobe got an upgrade. Calendar is updated. There’s still that daily nuisance of getting lunch ready every single school day. The struggle is real. Here are a few helpful tips to fill your child’s belly with food that doesn’t require cookie cutters or a culinary degree.   1. Quality supplies: Baggies®

Family Living in Central Europe with Findlay Roots

Hannah (Bauer) Mast grew up in the south end of Findlay with fond memories of Dietsch Brothers ice cream, Friday night football at Donnell Stadium and concerts in Riverside Park. A graduate of Findlay High School, she played the flute in the orchestra and was a Trojan cheerleader. Mast now lives in Slovenia with her

Our “Don’t Unpack Your Suitcase” Summer

We didn’t go on an expensive vacation. We didn’t go to Europe or backpack through Central America. We didn’t even leave the state except to visit family. We visited colleges. Seven of them. Without trying we did the scenic tour of Ohio. A few visits were day trips, but most required an overnight stay. I