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This Week in Toledo Public Schools
PRO FOOTBALL STAR MAKES DONATION TO WOODWARD. When Bryan Robinson takes the field Sunday as a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals in their NFL playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the football players and staff at Woodward High School will have more reasons to cheer him on – 9,100 reasons, to be exact. Robinson, a 1993 Woodward graduate, donated $9,100 to his alma mater to buy new uniforms for the Polar Bears. “He stops by here every so often,” said Woodward Principal Ronald Spitulski. “This was not solicited. He just did this out of the blue. It’s awesome.” The school has received Robinson’s generous check and deposited it into an account from which the uniforms will be bought. Woodward is at 600 E. Streicher St. Contact Principal Ronald Spitulski, 419-729-7131.
CALLING ALL TUTORS. To help further improve district test scores, TPS staff will have a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, to issue a call for members of the community to volunteer their time to tutor students. The tutoring would be done once a week during February in preparation for testing in March. Volunteers are needed to work with high school students who still need to pass the social studies test of the Ohio Graduation Test. Informational and training sessions for volunteers will be announced at the press conference. Contact Chief Academic Officer Craig Cotner, 419-729-8422, or Jane A. Bruss, Executive Director of Communications, 419-729-8263.
RECIPES FOR LEARNING. Birmingham school will be cooking up quite a time on Tuesday, Jan. 10. At 5:30 p.m., a representative of the Lucas County Extension Office will address the monthly Parents Involved in Education (PIE) meeting about nutrition. The focus will be on recipes for good, hearty, healthy meals – with a side dish of education. Parents will be shown how having their children involved in cooking will reinforce mathematics, measurements, rations and non-fiction reading. Birmingham is at 2222 Bakewell St. Contact Principal Barbara Guthrie, 419-691-1962
PRESERVING MEMORIES. Parents and their children will be reliving memories – and preserving those moments of joy – at Larchmont school’s inaugural Scrapbooking Night, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. Scrapbooking is a popular hobby involving preserving photos, papers, and the like into a decorated book. A side benefit is to introduce parents to the school, 1515 Slater St., and the staff. Contact Principal Jeffrey Hanthorn, 419-476-3787.
HELPING PAY FOR COLLEGE. As part of TPS’s goal to help students further their education, Bowsher High School will have a Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.12. A Lourdes College representative will tell parents of Bowsher seniors about grants and loans to help pay for whichever institution of higher learning they want to attend. Bowsher is at 3548 S. Detroit Ave. ContactPrincipal Larry Black or Guidance Director Teresa Puglisi, 419-385-5776.
THE LITTLEIST FIREFIGHTERS. First through third graders at Burroughs school will learn about fire safety from a Toledo firefighter in a program at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. The students also will see a short film depicting what to do in case of a fire, and how to avoid fires in the first place. Burroughs is 2404 South Ave. ContactPrincipal Michael Schardt or Student Assistance Counselor Napoleon Bradford, 419-382-2232.
THE NEW OAKDALE – COMPLETE WITH ICE. It’ll be a “cool” dedication ceremony for the new Oakdale school at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Why? Well, not only because Oakdale is the second new school completed in TPS’s ongoing Building for Success program (Ottawa River was the first). And not only because there’ll be tours and light refreshments. But because famed ice sculptor Chad Hartson of Wauseon will be wielding his chainsaw on a block of ice to carve the Oakdale Elementary Vikings logo. The finished 50-inch-tall and 30-inch-wide Viking head and Viking ship sail will be hollowed out and filled with colored sand, and will be at the new front entrance of the school, 1620 E. Broadway. ContactPrincipal Cathy Johnson, 419-671-7350.
General Information: Jane A. Bruss, Executive Director of Communications, 419-729-8263.