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New London students make learning fun

Mary Lisa Boose • Jun 25, 2010 at 7:38 PM

NEW LONDON -- For many students, math is not a favorite subject.

For students in grades K-5, a love of math, a week-long fundraising effort, and lots of pennies paid off in a big way.

School board members learned Monday that those students had raised $1,500, which was in turn donated to Back to the Wild, a wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center in Castalia.

The students undertook this task as part of "Extreme Math Week" at the school.

Students brought in mostly pennies and placed them in their jars. A twist to this was that someone else could place pieces of silver in the jars, and the students lost credit for that number of pennies.

Mona Rutger, a licensed rehabilitator, and her husband, Bill, accepted the check from students Trevor Weatherby and Tyler Fridenstine.

In addition, the Rutgers brought animals from their center.

The first was a bald eagle that went blind after being bitten by a mosquito infected with the West Nile virus. She then talked about the barred owl they'd brought, sharing that the bird had been run over and suffered a wing injury.

The Rutgers then shared more about the work their center does, and about the donations it takes to keep their work going.

For more information on the center, you can visit www.backtothewild.com.

High school principal Brad Romano reported that about $80,000 was awarded at the recent scholarships banquet. He added that several middle school students who scored well on the Ohio Achievement Assessment Test would be treated with a trip to Splash Zone.

Superintendent Carol Girton reported about 300 people attended the alumni banquet June 19. She also addressed those in attendance about plans for the school and district. She complimented the reformed alumni band for a job well done.

Girton also attended a June 3 dinner for graduation from the Project Leadership program.

Several bus personnel items also came before the board.

They approved the resignation of full-time bus driver Pam Molnar and then approved her as a part-time driver, and hired Roy Balkin as a regular bus driver.

Delmar Jenkins (8 hours/day), and Carl Parr, Gary Botos and Brandon Schwinn (all three for 4 hours/day maximum as needed) were hired to help out in the bus garage. Transportation supervisor Dan Bailey will use these four to help get the buses ready for inspection time.

Distance learning with Bowling Green State University was also approved at the meeting. The Honors 12th grade English class, taught by Casey Held, will use this learning tool. Held will teach the curriculum, which comes approved by BGSU.

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