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.
National School Choice Week begins today in Ohio and across the country. There are 973 events planned in the Buckeye State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide. The events in Ohio, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups. Highlighted events include a large family fun night January 26th at 6 p.m. at North Dayton School of Discovery. National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private, online learning, and homeschooling. The Week runs from January 22-28, 2017. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.
For the 4th year the faculty and students at Heidelberg University are presenting sessions raising awareness about Human Trafficking. The featured speakers are Harold and Dancy D’Souza who were trafficked from India and forced to work in a restaurant in the US. It’s a compelling story and sheds light on an aspect of trafficking most of us really do not think about–slave labor. All presentations are free and open to the public. Please consider joining in on the conversation.
There will be a Civil Service Commission meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Municipal Building – Council Committee Room to discuss: the announcement for the Lieutenant’s exam, dates, and time frame for the Tiffin Fire and Rescue Division and any other business that may come before them.
Interested singers from the area are invited to prepare and sing the Easter Cantata, “My Savior, My God.” Rehearsals will begin, Sunday, January 29th, at 7 p.m. in the Harmony United Methodist Church, 6487 S. CR 19, Tiffin. Participation is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 419-447-5552.
A Streets, Sidewalks, and Sewers Committee meeting will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Committee Meeting Room to discuss Alley Vacation Petition #896 and any other business that may come before them.
The Seneca County Auditor, Julie Adkins, reminds dog owners that the deadline to purchase dog licenses is Tuesday, January 31st. Dog licenses can be purchased at: The Seneca County Auditor’s Office, 109 S. Washington St., Suite 2206, Tiffin, Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or online at www.senecauditor.org. Dog owners have the option of purchasing either one-year, three-year, or permanent licenses. Multi-year licenses can only be purchased at the Auditor’s Office. Licensing your dog is required by law and may insure that your pet will be returned if it becomes lost. For more information, call 419-447-0692.
The Attica Knights of Columbus will be serving an All-You-Care-To-Eat Fish Fry or a Chicken Tenders Dinner, Friday, February 3, 2017, at the K of C Hall, 11 Heyman Drive, Attica, from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner includes baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, applesauce, bread, and a drink. Adults are $9 and children are $6 with children under 4 years are free.
The Tiffin Bark Park will present its 3rd annual Fundraiser on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 W Tiffin St, Bascom, beginning at 7 p.m. The event entertainment will be the bands of McGuffey Lane, Allie, and Flat Top Republic. Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Bodyworks, Edenwood Veterinary Clinic, and Simply Susan’s. For more information, call 419-618-1862.