The Tiffin City School District has announced its 2016-2017 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay full price of meals served under the National School lunch and School Breakfast. Each school office and the central food service has a copy of the policy, which may reviewed by any interested party. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Applications forms are being distributed the first week of school to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin-Seneca United Way, and Tiffin City Schools have partnered again this school year to present the literacy mentorship program, “Read to Succeed,” and are in need of tutors. The Read to Succeed Program aims to create a sustainable and effective program to assist elementary students in reading and comprehension skills and provide one-on-one interaction with community volunteers to develop these skills. Working together with local school systems, Read to Succeed will reach students identified by teachers as “not on track” to maximize reading potential and bring students closer to meeting reading requirements. Tutoring sessions will improve children’s reading skills and comprehension, making them better prepared to succeed in school and in life. The frequency and duration of tutoring sessions will be determined in training by teachers’ classroom needs and volunteer availability. Volunteers will required to be at least 18 years old and will undergo background checks before engaging with students. Funding for background has been secured through the Tiffin Charitable Youth Advisory Grant and the Friends of the Library for volunteers, prior to working with the children. For more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
The Junior Department at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host an “Elf on a Library Shelf” contest during the month of December. Every day starting December 1st through December 17th, children ages 3 through 13 are invited to find the Elf on a Shelf, then fill out an entry form stating where the elf is and what he is reading. Correct answers will be entered to win an Elf on the Shelf board game. Patrons may enter once a day. A winner will be announced December 19th. For more information, call 419-447-3751 or log onto www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.
First National Bank of Sycamore is once again kicking of their community project appropriately named: Christmas Cheer. In the spirit of Christmas, they are collecting monetary donations at each of their locations in Sycamore, McCutchenville, and New Riegel, along with their own monetary contributions that in turn will be used to purchase much needed and appreciated items for residents in area nursing homes. Monetary donations can be made through December 10th and items will be hand delivered by bank employees before Christmas. If you would like to a monetary donation or have any questions, please call 419-927-6392.
“Home for the Holidays: A Heidelberg Christmas” truly will be a collaboration across the School of Music & Theatre and the community. The annual concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts. “Home for the Holidays” is a celebration of holiday traditions both new and old, featuring the sights, stories, and songs of the season. Community members and Heidelberg alumni are invited to sing with the chorus for the “Messiah” portion of the performance. If interested, please contact the School of Music & Theatre by Dec. 5th to reserve your seat on stage. Additionally, there will be a Christmas Carol sing-along and the concert will conclude with “Let There B Peace on Earth.” Tickets are available at the Ritz Theatre. General admission tickets are $15, seniors, 60 and over, are $10, and youth tickets, under 12, are $5. Student rush tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Ritz Box Office. Visit ritztheatre.org or call the box office at 419-448-8544.
The 45th Carey Ecumenical Christmas Concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay St., Carey. This year’s choir is made up of 90 singers from northwest and central Ohio. A free-will offering will be collected during the concert to support the on-going ministry of the choir. The Shrine Cafeteria will be open for dinner immediately following the concert. Come and listen to the music of Advent and Christmas in the stunning acoustics of this historic Basilica and Shrine. For more information, please call the Shrine at 419-396-7107.
The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the Administration Building in the Conference Room.
The Seneca County General Health District will be sponsoring a Senior Health Check on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Kiwanis Manor from 9:30-11:15 a.m. for anyone age 60 or over. The Health Check Clinic includes vital signs, glucose, hemoglobin, lung sounds, edema, urinalysis, weight and height, review of medications and education. For more information, call 419-447-3691.
The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Wellness Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Administration Building in the Conference Room.
The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. in the Administration Building.