Some businesses go above and beyond when it comes to helping local schools and students. For Monroeville Schools, both the local Dollar General and LynMarie’s Coffee on Main were tops of the class.
Superintendent Ralph Moore said the two businesses gave many reasons for him to nominate — and now award — them the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Business Honor Roll award. He said the businesses “support our school and education” on a regular basis and offered “outstanding contributions” that enriched the students’ education or assisted with the cost of projects.
LynMarie’s owners and real-life sisters Jessica Wasserman and Stephanie VanFleet agreed they were happy to help Monroeville schools, their alma mater.
“You two went to school here and I know it’s a vested interest you have,” Moore said, “We could honestly have done this and given this to you any year (because of how much you do). ... They supply us with coffee. They donate coffee and pastries and do an awful lot to support our schools, students and projects and initiatives. They go way above and beyond.”
The superintendent also praised Dollar General, which he said gives the school donations and discounts, but especially around Christmas time. The elementary school puts together a “Little Elves shop” near the holiday season, giving young students the opportunity to give their family members gifts, even if they don’t have much money.
“They’re great; they help us a lot,” board president Betsy Ruggles said. “They really do.”
Moore said he appreciates both businesses’ “strong support” but added that the bridge goes both ways.
“School-business partnerships greatly benefit all involved,” he said. “This support is especially important as school districts struggle with limited resources. However, it’s equally import ant schools support local businesses and organizations.”
The board also took time to recognize the accomplishments of the Monroeville softball team for making it to the Div. 4 regional finals. Moore read the proclamation, which said the Lady Eagles “should be firmly commended for the first accomplishment,” which was the first its kind in program history.
The proclamation from State Rep. Dick Stein said the players displayed “power, poise and precision that befit champions.”
Chayse Schaub, a 2019 graduate, also was recognized. Schaub, a state track and field qualifier, placed 13th in the long jump and 17th in the high jump.
“To qualify in one of those is really hard to do, but to go on to qualify in both of those (categories) ... that’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Moore told the board.