By 1812Blockhouse; ODNR
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced that 50 students have been selected as members of the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC) for this upcoming school year. ConTAC provides high school students from across Ohio with a unique opportunity to collaborate and contribute ideas to enhance ODNR’s youth outreach program efforts.
One of those students is from a Richland County school.
“It’s inspiring for us to see a new group of intelligent young people that are passionate about nature join our ConTAC program,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We love their perspectives and look forward to their work this year with our ODNR experts.”More…
Mansfield City Schools has partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance to distribute weekend meals at Mansfield Senior High Each Friday this summer.
The Alliance will distribute weekend meal bags, in which one meal kit includes shelf-stable food items for breakfast and lunch for the weekend. Meals are available to all Mansfield City Schools students.
One weekend meal kit per child will be distributed every Friday from June 24 through August 12 (excluding July 1) from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Pick-up will be outside of the front doors of Mansfield Senior High School. While picking up, you are asked to drive or walk up to the front of the High School.More…
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Registration has opened for the Renaissance’s annual “Broadway Camp!” summer theatre program for students ages 8-13. The popular summer theatre camp sessions will be held as in-person classes, during the weeks of June 20-24; and June 27-June 30.
Broadway Camp! options include the traditional three-hour morning camp (June 20-24), as well as a new, day-long, six-hour “Broadway Camp Showz!” camp (June 27-June 30). All “Broadway Camp!” sessions are designed to be sensory-inclusive; with tuition set at $105 for either the June 20-24 camp, or for the June 27-June 30 session. Full and partial scholarships are available for all Broadway Camp sessions.
The new, day-long “Broadway Camp Showz!” will allow participants to further explore the opportunity to present a fully staged Broadway Kids-style production. The camp production, designed for specifically for young actors, will use a script and score adapted from a popular Broadway musical. To participate in Broadway Camp Showz!, students must previously have completed a session of a two or three-hour Broadway Camp, or Broadway Camp, Too!More…
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The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) along with the Regional Manufacturing Coalition (RMC) and EPIK are excited to host students from 4+ schools in Richland County entering 5th through 8th grade participating in the 5th Annual Summer Manufacturing Institute Camp, a part of Senator Sherrod Brown’s call to engage Ohio’s youth with local manufacturing activities and opportunities in their home county. The camp will take place at NECIC’s Community Outreach Center in Mansfield from July 18th through the 22nd.
This year the camp will focus on local supply chains and how they have been affected by the pandemic and the current economy. Tyler Shinaberry of EPIK explained, “For the past couple years students have emphasized their interest in ‘economics.’ This has always tied in with our connection to banking/financial literacy both as employees and enterprises. With the current shortages we are facing and the situation during COVID-19, youth have intimately witnessed things typically only faced by adults. Our hope is to provide answers to difficult questions while showing first hand the chain reaction(s) faced in manufacturing.”
Students will tour local businesses and complete some hands-on projects. Shinaberry said, with this year’s focus on the supply chain, it’s going to be a little different than in previous years. “This year we are opening new channels to showcase the end sellers of manufacturing as part of tying in the supply chain. Basically, how manufacturing becomes the products we purchase in stores.”
This camp is open to Richland County resident students and is free to participants thanks to generous host and manufacturer contributions. There are currently a few spaces still available for students. Registration can be done online at https://www.necic-ohio.org/surveys/summer-manufacturing-institute-camp-2022. For questions about registration and the camp, please contact Nyasha Oden at 419-522-1611 ext. 122 or [email protected].
Broadway come to Mansfield later this month when the Madison Choral Department presents this year’s high school musical, 42nd Street: Youth Edition in the Madison Middle School Auditeria.
“Come along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the magic of show biz with wit, humor and pizzazz. At the height of the Great Depression, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?”More…
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The Renaissance Performing Arts Education Department has announced that it will again offer its popular Improv Underground program, a free theatre improvisation course which is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.
During the workshop, students will gain confidence, and develop stronger interpersonal skills through participation in theatre games and improvisation.
Improv Underground classes focus on building basic improv skills through group activities and are open to all students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students are guaranteed to gain self-confidence, improve communication skills, and have fun. All classes take place at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM on Wednesdays.More…
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The 2022 Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Tri-County Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, February 10th at Mid-Ohio ESC in Mansfield. An impressive group of 34 of the top spellers from 16 local school districts in grades 4 through 8 from Crawford, Morrow, and Richland counties were invited to compete to be the Tri-County Spelling Bee Champion. This event was the first in-person spelling bee to take place since 2020.
After 10 rounds of competition, Miles P., a sixth grader from Lexington, became the 2022 Tri-County Spelling Bee Champion after spelling the winning word, “mirages,” optical phenomena that are often observed on still days over deserts or hot pavement.More…
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The 2022 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place virtually this year in the same manner as in 2021. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned. The county bees have remained virtual; however, students will be invited back to Mid-Ohio ESC for the Tri-County Spelling Bee February 10th.
The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 13th. Twenty-eight students competed to be named champion of the bee. The bee lasted 14 rounds until a champion and runner-up could be determined. Kaylynne Bralow, a sixth grader at Cardington-Lincoln Schools, became champion by spelling the word “petroglyphs.” The runner-up was Highland Local Schools eighth grader Jeremiah Brown.More…
Now that the last of winter is behind us (hopefully!), attention is turning to an Ohio summer and plans for fun and family.
One of the traditional parts of summer for young children is swimming, and swimming lessons are being offered this year by the City of Ontario Recreation Department.
To be eligible to participate, youth need to have completed Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, or Fifth grade this past academic year. Two sessions are on offer, both in the afternoon — 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM, and 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. More…
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is holding its annual Artapolooza Fine Arts Festival through this Wednesday at the MOESC Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.
The gallery will be open from Monday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 24 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Masks and social distancing will be required.
The art awards presentation will be done virtually. A slideshow presentation and gallery walk will be available to view on Mid-Ohio ESC’s website at the conclusion of the event. More…
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The Renaissance Theatre will offer a new series of REN-Spiration Classroom sessions beginning the week of February 22.
The series will feature classes which are formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks. Class sessions are scheduled during times which allow families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating other winter activities.
REN-spiration Classroom provides a variety of educational theatre activities designed with creativity in mind. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” originally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More…
Painting, creating, performing and more. Area students are invited to share their artistic talents at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center’s annual Artapolooza festival. This year it will take place March 31st through April 2nd at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center (890 W. Fourth Street, Mansfield). Students from all area schools, not just MOESC member districts, are all welcome to submit projects for the festival. More…
Nonprofit agencies who provide safe, fun-filled activities for Richland County children during the summer months can apply for a grant to help fund their programs. Grants up to $2,500 are available through the Richland County Foundation’s Summertime Kids Grant.
Any 501c3 public charity or government entity and some churches offering programming to youth during the summer months are eligible to apply. More…
The Renaissance Education Department has announced that it will again offer its Improv Underground program, a free theatre improvisation course which is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.
Improv Underground classes focus on building basic improv skills through group activities, and are open to all students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students are guaranteed to gain self-confidence, improve communication skills, and have fun. More…
This Saturday, January 25, is the Chinese New Year. The day is China’s largest holiday and it is celebrated by more than 20 percent of the population worldwide. In Chinese culture, each year is characterized by one of 12 animals; and 2020 is the Year of the Rat, which symbolizes wealth and the beginning of a new day.
Youth interested in learning more about Chinese culture have a wonderful opportunity locally; the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has organized a Chinese Culture Series for grades 6-12. More…