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.
The Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library are to partner with Fabrizio Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic to host the 23rd Annual Run Like the Dickens 5K Run/Walk in Saturday, December 3rd. The race will begin at 9 a.m., starting form the Library. Participants will meet in the Frost Kalnow Room, around 8:30 a.m. Participants may dress up in Santa Claus or Christmas-themed gear. The course will wind along the Sandusky River. Participants may preregister for $15 until November 30th. Registration includes a long sleeve t-shirt. Forms are available at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Fabrizio Chiropractic or online at www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org. Registration is also available at the day of the race for $20. Shirts are not guaranteed for registration the day of the race. For more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
Explore the wonders of science when Heidelberg University’s Chemistry Club hosts, “Chemistry: IN Action!,” a family-friendly live chemistry demonstration show at noon, Saturday, November 3rd, in the Gundlach Theatre. “Chemistry: In Action!” is designed for audiences of all ages. The community is invited to the demo, free of charge. You might even be selected to help with the experiment! Immediately following the presentation, Chemistry Club members will conduct interactive demonstrations where children can learn how to do some science experiments at home. These demos will be from 1-2 p.m. in the atrium of Gillmor Science Hall. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gaspar Church, 16209 E. CR 46, Bellevue, is to host Breakfast with Santa on December 4th from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a smorgasbord menu, bake sale, raffles, and Santa for the young and young at heart. The proceeds will benefit the St. Gaspar Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-618-1557.
Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is getting ready to host its 25th annual Merry TubaChristmas Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages from the area are invited to come together on that day to perform a program of traditional Christmas carols. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the performance starting at 3 p.m. All events take place at the Ritz Theatre. Heidelberg invites you to bring your family and friends to this Christmas tradition, free of charge. A freewill offering will be taken at the door.
The Tiffin Historic Trust is holding its annual Holiday House Tour, from 1 – 5 p.m. on December 4th, during Tiffin’s winter holiday festivities. Tour organizers are excited to present a selection of homes from different eras decorated for the holidays. This year’s tour features a grouping of modern homes in one of Tiffin’s newer neighborhoods, Sycamore Woods Lane, as well as a sampling of historic homes in and near downtown. Tickets are available in advance of the tour at Tiffin Ace Hardware, 1550 W. Market St., Tiffin. Visitors can purchase a ticket on the afternoon of the tour at The Tiffin Historic Trust’s headquarters, the Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin. The map showing the tour sites is included with ticket. The donation is $10 per person. For more information, call 419-447-0665 or go online to www.tiffinhistorictrust.org.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host, “Operation Elf: A Community Christmas Party,” sponsored by the National Machinery Foundation, on Sunday, December 4th, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Christmas celebration will include family activities like holiday games and crafts, Christmas storytelling, and face painting until 3 p.m. Juggler Matt Jergens will perform at 3 p.m. Santa will be there from 1 to 4 p.m. to take photos and hand out gifts. Refreshments will be provided by Sentinel Vocational Center’s culinary and hospitality class. All ages are invited to the party, no registration is necessary. For more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the next Ink Well Writing Club meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Kernan Computer Lab. All types of writers serious about sharpening their skills with review and critique by their peers are welcome to join. Participants are asked to submit writing samples to email@example.com by November 28th. Samples will be shared with peers prior to the first meeting and privacy will be respected. No registration is necessary. For more information, call Library at 419-447-3751 or go to the online calendar at www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.