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Healthy Comes in Many Sizes The New Year is when we make resolutions, plan for the upcoming year, and recommit to maintaining our health. As a type-A mama, I thrive by setting goals, and as a yoga teacher, I love the excitement of yogis attacking their wellness goals with zeal.

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However, as a forever “thick girl,” I struggle with the emphasis on losing weight that is always connected with the new year. I started dieting at 10 years old, battled anorexia as a tween and teenager, and felt ashamed by my size Erin with her son, Dexter (6 ), at Mai for most of my life. n Librar y Thanks to yoga and the wisdom that comes with age, I finally realized that my size and health are not intertwined. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I made a vow to stop the cycle of self-hate. I want my children to feel confident at any size, but in order to teach that, I must learn how to love myself...love handles and all.

So my 2020 resolutions? To eat healthfully and mindfully, to listen to my body, to feed my mind by reading, to move my body regularly and safely, and to focus on how I feel instead of the number on the scale. The last one will undoubtedly be the most difficult. Our January Health & Wellness edition shares advice from local doctors, outlines opportunities for movement and meditation, and lists wellness activities for all of the family to make 2020 the best year yet. Here’s to a joy-full, healthy New Year! Namaste, Erin Schoen Marsh Toledo Parent Editor


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Your little Capricorn is a perpetual people pleaser and consistently the center of attention. Whether your child creates a LEGO masterpiece or paints an amazing depiction of a loved one, his/her work is always noticed. This month your little Capricorn will be full of “I want to GO” energy. Be mindful of honoring that need to discover, learn and move. This is the perfect month to take an educational trip to the Toledo Museum of Art, Imagination Station, or the Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo. Parents, remember to get your rest because your little Capricorn is going to be full of mental, AND physical, energy this month!

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Forest Time Kindergarten

Forest Time Kindergarten is the first forest school in NW Ohio, providing children ages 3-6 with lifelong skills and friendships while learning in the great outdoors. Forest kindergarten, or Waldkindergarten as it’s commonly known in Europe, holds classes almost exclusively outside. Children are encouraged to learn through their most natural learning tool: play. Visit foresttimekindergarten.com for more information or to enroll your child(ren). Email sherrid88@gmail. com to register for a pop-up class on tree climbing or fort building for $15. 1205 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg. 419-635-6644.

Graffiti: a positive statement on school walls

Graffiti artist Tony Touch joins Summit Academy Toledo principal Dawn Heck in front of wall art.

Tony Touch, graffiti and tattoo artist, transformed Summit Academy Toledo’s nondescript third floor into an artfully embellished senior lounge with bold splashes of graffiti. Touch hopes to relay the message to young artists that “You can make a living doing art.” This project was made possible through the joint efforts of Touch and principal Dawn Heck, as well as donations from Sherwin-Williams Paints on Central Avenue, and Infinite Art Tattoo Studio.

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Newsweek dubbed Ottawa Hills High School (OHHS) the second-best high school in Ohio for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and ranked the Toledo-area school 61st nationally. The full list of 5,000 top STEM high schools is available at Newsweek.com.


Kids ages 7-13 can join Chef Keitha Sheares one Sunday each month to prepare their own meals, which they can then take home to their families. For just $20, kids spend 2 hours learning food safety, prepping their meals, and cooking them under the guidance of Chef Sheares. Call or email for Mini Chef details and reservations. Chef@HotBoxBistro.com. 332 N. Erie St., Toledo. 419-690-4990. hotboxbistro.com


Catholic Education that Makes a Difference Visit our Open House on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from noon until 3:00 PM. Lial’s multi-age, continuous progress philosophy creates an environment for students to become faith-filled, confident, and capable learners ready for high school and beyond. To learn more about the little school in the woods visit www.lialschool.org and call

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Maumee Valley Country Day (MVCDS) students learned the basics of construction and service through a unique partnership with Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. Students built two playhouses for Lucas County families through the non-profit’s Project Playhouse initiative. Student responsibilities included assembling, designing, and decorating the two playhouses. Mvcds.org

The importance of this lesser-known sense By Chloe Rothschild

ProMedica Physicians Welcomes New Pediatric Ophthalmologist Michelle Ariss, MD, born and raised in Toledo, joins ProMedica Physicians Eye Care as a pediatric ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of childhood ocular disorders for children of all ages, including newborns. 5700 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-776-1004. promedica.org.

As a 27-year-old self-advocate with autism, I have the opportunity to travel to conferences and learn about breakthrough research. In 2015, Kelly Mahler, an occupational therapist (OT), and Brenda Myles shared something in a session I’d never heard of: interoception. I started thinking about my own life and connecting what they were saying to my everyday experiences. I finally had a name for something that impacted my life daily. Interoception: what is is Interoception is a lesser-known sense, sometimes referred to as the “eighth sense,” that helps us understand and feel what’s going on inside our bodies. Individuals who struggle with the interoceptive sense, like me, have trouble knowing when they feel hungry, full, hot, cold or thirsty. Having trouble with this sense can make self-regulation a challenge.

Mercy Health Children’s Hospital reverified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center Mercy Health Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and St. Vincent Medical Center as a Level 1 trauma center by the Committee on Trauma (COT), which promotes the development of trauma centers. Mercy.com

Plant-based comfort food in Downtown Toledo

Popular vegan food truck, The Leaf and Seed, has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Downtown Toledo’s The Davis Building, in the former Pam’s Corner space. The Leaf and Seed Café offers a casual dining experience, a full menu of locally-sourced vegan fare, and a charming, friendly atmosphere. From vegan nachos to vegan biscuits and gravy, there’s health-conscious, crueltyfree fare for the whole family. Open 7am-2pm. Monday-Friday. 8am-2pm on Saturday. Leaf and Seed Cafe, 116 10th St. 419-407-5333. theleafandseed.com

I used to go inexplicably from “zero to one hundred” in terms of anxiety. I know so many calming self-regulation strategies (enough that I could be a walking, talking encyclopedia of strategies), yet I struggled to implement them in the moment. I realized that this is because I was missing a very important piece: interoception. Benefits of incorporating interception into therapy In order to successfully recognize how you are feeling, be aware of your body, and self-regulate your emotional responses, interoception is key. Mahler has written a curriculum and a book to help teach therapists how to work with their clients to improve interoception skills. I personally have had the opportunity to work on my own interoception skills during OT over the last four years. I’m amazed at how much progress I

have made. I’m now able to use words to describe what hurts. Before working on my interoception skills, I would scream and cry in frustration. My language to describe what hurt was very limited, and I could only say things like, “Throat hurts...look. Call doctor.” This reminds me of the time in 2012, when I was 20, and my parents took me to an urgent care center because I was not feeling well. I was asked if my ears hurt; I said, “Ears hurt…yes...no… maybe!” While communication can still be difficult, I can now convey enough information to give my family and doctors a clue as to what might be wrong. I worked with an OT going through the interoception curriculum section by section, one body part at a time, completing different activities to help me learn descriptive words for each body part. Now I am working on connecting the different sensations, such as heavy eyes plus slow muscles equals tired. Resources for interoception I am very passionate about interoception and teaching others what it’s like from my perspective. Mahler and I wrote My Interoception Workbook: A Guide for Adolescents, Teens and Adults with another self-advocate with autism, Jarvis Alma. The book is expected to be released in January 2020. I encourage parents of individuals with disabilities who may be experiencing similar struggles to learn more about interoception. It may be the key to helping your child begin to recognize his/her body signals better. Occupational Therapists at Wood County Rehab have experience with interoception skills. To learn more about interoception, go to kelly-mahler.com. To learn more about me, visit chloerothschildasd.com.

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New program at Maumee Valley takes students outside every day By Jeff McGinnis

The idea emerged in Denmark in the 1950s: why not take preschool students out of the classroom and into a natural environment? This outdoor education would help children grasp social skills and learn new concepts in a hands-on way, allowing them to grow as they play. The concept, given the simple moniker “Forest School,” soon became a staple curriculum in its native country. Maumee Valley Country Day School (MVCDS) embraced the idea as part of its Early Learning Center’s new curriculum. Students in Junior Kindergarten begin each day with a lengthy session in their “outdoor classroom.” Michelle Thomas, director of the Early Learning Center, explains, “[It’s] letting kids explore and learn in nature at their own pace and based on their own interests so we have a balanced ap8

“Forest School is a new kind of conproach between teacher-led curriculum cept, but outdoor learning is nothing and children-led learning.” new for Maumee Valley. It reaffirms our A revamped curriculum Country Day School roots,” Thomas This new approach to educating said. Junior Kindergarten students came about as the school worked to revamp Outside learning The outdoor education is not limits curriculum last year. ited to Junior Kindergarten, either. This “While we were outside, we were year’s preschool, pre-k and kindergarten beginning to explore the 75-acre cam- students also began the school year with pus with our students and thinking: ‘we a two-week intensive session of Forneed to utilize more of our campus’... est School-inspired learning. A second it’s right here,” said Lindsay Tassos, intensive session will follow at the end MVCDS Junior Kindergarten teacher. of the year, and teachers are experimentThe program began in August, with ing with adding other types of outdoor students spending two-and-a-half hours education classes. outside every day. If there’s lightning, “They are going outside on a weekly they’ll come back indoors, but other- basis. Kindergarten has Forest School wise— rain, snow or shine— they dress Fridays, and preschool and pre-k, are for conditions and hold class outside. going outside every day as well,” Thomas said.

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Thus far, both students and parents have greeted the program with enthusiasm. Parents note how kids are thrilled to talk about their day at school while expressing interest in going outside even more. The Early Learning Center is looking at ways to expand the program in future years, including connecting with the Metroparks and the Boy Scouts to supplement their work. “The research is showing that even older children are benefitting from the fresh air and the unstructured time spent outside, making a connection with nature that is getting pretty lost with all the technology and extra-curricular activities,” said teacher Christine Marker.



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And Healthcare Pros

One of the best resolutions individuals can make each January is to recommit to their physical and mental health. These top Toledo area doctors share what they wish people knew about their specialty, suggest a new habit or two to improve overall health, and disclose their own advice for a healthy, happy New Year. Their tips are surprisingly simple yet often overlooked. Read on for their professional words of wisdom, and perhaps vow to add a few of these habits to your daily ritual.

HLS Orthodontics Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, and Lambertville locations 419-740-0963 Perfectbraces.com What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty? Wisdom teeth don’t cause crowding; they disrupt the existing structure when facial structure changes and growth places more force on the lower anterior teeth. That’s why they create crowding. If kids made one change regarding their teeth in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Brush and floss and beware of hidden sugars What sets your practice apart? We are patient-centric; our offices are designed to invite parents to come back. Orthodontists do not have to be board-certified in Ohio and Michigan, but we are, and we have the most advanced technology around. What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Eating too much processed food. What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Eat and sleep well, choose your providers with care, and SMILE. CONTINUED ON P. 10

F. Nicholas Shamma, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist, President of IVF Michigan Fertility Centers, Founder of Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency

Toledo Fertility Center-IVF Michigan Fertility Centers 6711 Monroe St, Sylvania 419-885-8080 Ivf-mi.com

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? Advancing female reproductive age is the crucial factor affecting fertility. Women should be proactive in seeking fertility expert advice as soon as possible if they are older and should not waste time, effort, and emotion in therapies that are not effective. The potential for fertility preservation (egg freezing) should be considered for all women in their early to mid-30s who have not yet achieved a pregnancy. If individuals added one new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Women and men should strive to have a healthy lifestyle when fertility is a consideration. That includes a reasonable weight, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, and certainly avoiding smoking and vaping. What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? The biggest mistake is delaying care in the context of advancing female reproductive age. What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? At The Gift of Life Surrogacy Agency and Toledo Fertility Center, we recognize the emotional toll that fertility concerns have on intended parents and families. We hope that 2020 is the year when dreams and hopes come true, recognizing that our centers offer exceptional care and service to help make this possible.

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What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? I wish people knew how simple changes with nutrition and lifestyle can significantly change your health. If families made one change regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Start focusing on whole foods -- nutrient dense foods -- that don’t have a label or come in a package.

Maleigha Watts, N.D. Toledo Naturopathic

13 South 3rd Street, Waterville 419-376-6104 toledonaturopathic.com

What sets your practice apart? I work with patients in areas that are going unrecognized in most primary care offices, like how nutrition choices can improve health (or negatively affect health) and how to have healthier daily habits. I also work to help patients investigate the underlying cause to symptoms or health concerns. This is where we see healing start: when we can focus on treating the cause instead of symptom management. What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? As you look towards 2020, find ways to incorporate more self-care, regularly. If you live a lifestyle where you are frequently filling other people’s cups, don’t forget to fill yours (first!).

Debbie Evers, RDH, EFDA Team Leader

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If families made one change or added one new habit regarding their health in the New Year, what would you suggest they do? Drink more water. It’s a great way to keep your teeth and body hydrated, clean, and healthy. What sets your practice apart? Our office provides pediatric-specific specialty dental care. We work with kids of all ages and LOVE what we do! What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Following diet fads and trends. Nothing can replace simple, wholesome ingredients. Eat a variety of colors and try to find foods with as few modifications as possible. What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Be present. Life gets very busy at times and it is easy to lose sight of what really matters. Put down your devices and spend time connecting with your loved ones. CONTINUED ON P. 12

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Love essential oils but want to buy local and support a small business? In a sea of multi-level marketing businesses, Wellaroma stands alone as an independently-owned small business. Owned by a Perrysburg mom, Wellaroma offers custom blends for both adults and children, using high quality ingredients. wellaroma.com

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Erin Knierim, DMD, MS 3036 West Sylvania, Toledo 419-474-0733 drknierim.com What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? A pediatric dentist is more than a dentist who loves kids; we have a minimum of 2 additional years of specialized training where we learn to treat the unique needs of your growing child. We love hanging out with kids all day (and their parents, too) and have limited our practices to only them. Kids should start seeing us by their first birthday! If people could add a new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Floss and drink more water. Flossing is an area most parents tell me they struggle with making a part of their routine. Make water your “go to” drink and save the juices and sports drinks for special occasions. Your teeth will thank you for both of these habits! What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their teeth? I frequently get asked, “Why should I fix this tooth if it’s going to fall out anyway?” Yes, baby teeth will eventually fall out, but they are present for longer than many people realize. The average age children lose their first tooth is around 6 years old; molar teeth are present up until age 10 and well beyond for many kids.

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What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty? A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. If families added one new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? See your dentist twice a year for a comprehensive exam and oral cancer screening. What sets your practice apart? Our people! We have the best doctors, health care providers, staff and patients. What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Missing healthy, twice-a-year dental wellness evaluations and not taking care of small issues before they become big problems.

DR. JON FRANKEL, DDS, Owner and Dentist

What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Brush and floss daily. See your dentist twice a year. Smile!

Jon Frankel Dentistry 5012 Talmadge Road, Suite 100, Toledo 419-474-9611 jonfrankeldentistry.com

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If families made one change or added one new habit regarding their health in the New Year, what would you suggest they do? Keep the whole family active! It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of activity a day. That doesn’t have to be limited to just the kids! Build great memories by going on family walks, bicycle rides, or even a snowball fight this winter.


What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? Pediatrics is all about prevention. Starting good habits as children leads to continued healthy lifestyles as adults. Make sure to schedule your child’s regular well visits for those very important vaccines to build their budding immune system, provide a well-balanced diet to help them grow, and set active lifestyle habits together as a family.



What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Focus on being in the moment. We all have busy schedules, and we’re always on the go. Try to take 5-10 minutes a day to sit, relax and focus on the present instead of the next thing on our to-do list. It is amazing how quickly time flies by when you are only thinking about the future. Be present.


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Open Arms Massage Studio Therapeutic Wellness Center 2300 Navarre Ave. Suite 204, Oregon (419) 720-8604 Office openarmsmassagestudio.com

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? Between work, family, and extracurricular activities, we stay busy. Our priorities outweigh our ME time. In 1 hour of massage, you gain the equivalent of 8 hours of sleep, increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and increase feelgood endorphins. You also help put energy back into your life! Open Arms continues to promote wellness through not only massage therapy, but also, professional skin care services and now yoga and meditation for a full mind/ body/spirit makeover. If families made one change or added one new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Put down the electronics, especially your phones. Send cards, letters and pictures again, start a family game or movie night tradition, and begin enjoying that “me” time, but also include your family! What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? I do not believe there is a mistake. It is a choice and if that person would turn the choice into a better one, they would improve their outlook on the life they are choosing to live. What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Start living! Enjoy the little things and take care of you!

KidShop/TeenShop is a program designed for school age youth with a mental health diagnosis and/or who are living with a loved one with a mental health diagnosis. This program gives youth facts about mental illness, helps youth develop coping skills in the home, school and the community while forming lasting friendships with peers who are living similar experiences.


The KidShop/TeenShop 6-week program series is offered in the SPRING, SUMMER and FALL and is made possible with funding from The David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

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What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? Getting you and your families spine and nervous system checked is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family. Your spine controls the function of your nervous system, and your nervous system controls all the functions in your body. A healthier spine and nervous system always leads to a healthier you! If families made one change or added one new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? One habit to implement in the New Year would be to start each day with writing down 3 things you are grateful for. Starting your day with gratitude sets a positive frame of mind. When you begin each day with a positive frame of mind, you are setting yourself up for greater success and happiness! What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? People often don’t make their health a priority. Your health is one ofyour greatest assets and should be treated as so. What you invest into today will determine your tomorrow.

KRISTEN L. ZIENTEK, MSW, LSW Program Coordinator

NAMI Greater Toledo 2753 W. Central Ave., Toledo 419-243-1119 namitoledo.org

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? I wish people understood the importance of mental wellness. Mental Illness is among the most common illnesses in the United States, so we all must take care of our own mental wellness, no matter who we are. What sets your practice apart? NAMI Greater Toledo is a grassroots, peer-oriented organization that supports individuals and family members impacted by mental illness FREE OF COST! Individuals should choose us if they are in need of support for themselves or a loved one. We offer free support groups, education classes, and assistance in navigating the mental health system. What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? The biggest mistake I see people make, myself included, is comparing their lives to others. It is very important to acknowledge that every person’s journey is unique. Therefore, each life journey cannot/should not be compared.

DR. NICK GOIN, Chiropractor, Owner

Innate Health Chiropractic

26580 N. Dixie Hwy. Suite 101, Perrysburg (419) 872-2255 getinnatehealth.com

What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020? No matter how busy life gets, never forget to take time to do those things that help you relax. It is so important! Take occasional breaks from phone/social media to spend quality time with those you love. Try to take 10 minutes to move each day! Exercise can help you both physically and mentallyl. Focus on gratitude; identifying three things you are thankful for each day (even if they are small) can improve your happiness and decrease depression.





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Third grade Wernert Elementary students, Sophia Holmes and Leslee Shively, learn the importance of money

Funding Ohio’s Public Schools Where does the money go? By Emily Schifko

In 1991, more than 500 Ohio school districts filed suit against the state, claiming that relying on property taxes for school funding unfairly favored districts with higher property values, i.e. richer neighborhoods. The Supreme Court agreed, stating that the state legislature had to provide a more equitable means of financing education. Nearly 30 years after the initial lawsuit, schools are still funded in noncompliance with the Court’s order as lawmakers in Columbus have yet to remedy school funding in Ohio. How public schools are funded Public school districts receive a combination of federal, state, and local funds. The amount a district receives is based on a formula to cover their costs, which takes into account student enrollment and the property wealth of the district. Recently, the tangible personal property tax (TPP) was eliminated, leaving districts to recoup this money by asking taxpayers to support a levy. Jeff Fouke, Washington Local Schools (WLS) Treasurer, explained that WLS previously received $15 million from state funding sources; this year, they are earmarked to receive only $2.9 million. Matt Durham, WLS Social Studies teacher, stated, “Supporting schools is definitely a worthwhile cause. I’ve always voted for school levies because it’s just the right thing to do. However, I also understand why taxpayers have reservations. Situations differ and some


people are living paycheck to paycheck, while others, like my grandparents, are on a fixed income.”

EdChoice losses EdChoice, a state scholarship program that offers K-12 students living in “underperforming” school districts the WLS has approximately 7,000 stuopportunity to attend a participating dents, but the district is only receiving private school, may sound like a good funding for roughly 5,000 because the idea, but when a student uses an Edstate capped funding. Two thousand Choice scholarship, the money follows students, the student the number out of their of students In 1991, more than 500 home district. attending Ohio school districts filed Yet when a Whitmer suit against the state, claim- student enrolls High School, a district are being eduing that relying on property in that has been cated without taxes for school funding capped, no funds from unfairly favored districts with additional the state. This higher property values, i.e. money is is happening provided to in schools richer neighborhoods. educate that all across the The Supreme Court agreed student. state. Richard Reucher, Assistant Treasurer for Toledo Public Schools (TPS), explained, “The Governor’s 20202021 state budget included a ‘freeze’...if in the fiscal year 2019 a school received a million dollars of state funding, they [will receive] that same million for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. As a result, if some school districts experience a significant increase in enrollment, they are forced, by law, to educate these students with the same resources as before.” One local teacher stated that things are so tight in her urban school that she spends $200-400/year out-of-pocket to provide materials to her classroom.

In WLS alone, approximately $786,000 is deducted from the district yearly and provided to non-public schools. Of the 131 students utilizing EdChoice, over 120 students never attended a WLS school. Similarly, TPS Reucher states that over $6.6 million is leaving TPS as a result of EdChoice. Dr. Anstadt, WLS superintendent, explains that $38 million in additional deductions will be taken away from public schools across Ohio in one year, almost entirely for students who never attended public schools.

According to Sylvania Schools treasurer Lisa Shanks, House Bill 920, which passed in 1976, forces school districts

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to levy their local residents for more funds every 2 to 3 years due to inflation. Sylvania is a growing district with home values going up, yet they are not receiving more funds. The bill reduces the school tax rate so that schools will never see these increases. Sylvania parent Peter Hoffman voiced, “Sylvania’s taxes are a good investment in our community, but it’s also a lot of money! I am happy with the school district as a whole, but I realize there are funding shortfalls. I hope the district can sustain itself in the midst of population growth and continued state cuts.” The takeaway When you hear that public schools are facing funding cuts, it means that the state is providing districts with less money, while at the same time allocating it elsewhere. It could also mean that the state has capped the monies, regardless of increasing enrollment. Simply put: Public schools are expected to fully equip young people to be workplace ready and/or capable of pursuing secondary education, yet more and more operating funds are being taken away from school districts. The cliche marketing tagline rings true: “Do more with less.” Our public schools are doing their best, but the struggle of greater needs and less money to pay for them is overwhelming.

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Greenlight: The Debit Card for Kids

The Sleek Academy is a private school with a curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM)

Debit cards helps teens learn finances By Aya Khalil

K-12TH GRADE S.T.E.A.M SCHOOL • 419-378-3044 519 Ordway Ave. | Bowling Green, OH | www.sleekacademy.us

Financial independence is a step toward adulthood, but it’s terrifying to think about handing a debit card over to a teenager. Greenlight proposes a solution: a debit card for kids that is monitored by parents through an app. Greenlight is a single app, but teens and parents have two different experiences. Parents are able to receive real time notifications of all transactions their teenagers make. Parents choose the stores, restaurants and websites where kids can spend their money. There’s also an option for kids to request money if an emergency occurs.

Kids are able to “watch their savings grow and learn to make real world tradeoff decisions,” explains the Greenlight website.

A neat feature on the app called “Chores” allows parents to set upweekly or monthly allowances. Kids are then able to receive money once they complete their chores. The funds can be dispersed to their Give, Save, or Spend accounts.

Family and friends can directly send birthday, holiday or graduation money through Greenlight. The app is affordable at $4.99 a month per family for up to five kids, with the first month free as a trial. greenlightcard.com

Track Child’s Development with free Online Tool Ages & Stages Questionnaires® By Dina Sobhan Easterseals offers a comprehensive and confidential online tool to assess your child’s progress and to alert you of potential concerns. Complete a brief 1015 minute survey and run through some childhood skills that require a pencil and scissors, then receive results that provide a solid idea of what a child has mastered, as well as any lagging skills that may need to be addressed. The questionnaire

is geared toward evaluations of children aged 1 month to 7 years. This online tool can help gauge where children are developmentally and what resources may be helpful to address any potential needs. The sooner you address a developmental delay or need, the greater the possibility of long-term success for your child. Early Intervention is key. agesandstagesresearch.com

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Jenna, with her husband Evan Rankin and and their son Nash.

Mamas, You Need This!

Providing a fitness community for local moms By Phoebe Samuel Rapp

Bengali in America Raising my South Asian family in the Midwest By Dina Sobhan

I grew up in Bangladesh, but as the child of a diplomat, I have lived all over the world, from Beijing to Belgrade to Kuala Lumpur. I have always been surrounded by people from different countries and cultures, so I never felt particularly unusual or foreign. Only after coming to the US in 1993 to attend college in D.C. did I start to feel “different.” For one, the number of times people leaned into my face to declare, “Your English is very good!” was shocking. I could not understand why the immediate assumption would be that I wouldn’t be able to speak English fluently. I transferred to a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia, which was populated by a diverse student body. My inner circle tehre was comprised of a Scott, two Philippino-Americans, a Nigerian-Kazakhistani raised in Austin, a Lebanese-Somalian, a Muslim from Lubbock and other women with interesting backgrounds. We gravitated toward one another due to our inability to be boxed into a specific category. Defining ethnicity Subsequently, I moved to New York City, where everyone is so busy being unique and unusual that no one was particularly concerned with me. I fit in seamlessly and experienced the freedom of being completely myself, without being labelled based on my ethnicity.


A move to Toledo In 2015, I moved to Toledo--my husband’s hometown--with our family, and I once again experienced what it felt like to be different in a sea of homogeneity. While there are many foreigners living in Toledo, I notice they tend to fraternize within their own community much more than I’d previously witnessed. Toledo is quite liberal and accepting, but I often feel as though people are more comfortable when they can categorize me in some way, allowing them to understand me within their own context. I have met and befriended some wonderful people, folks who don’t see me in terms of my background, but I have also had my share of unpleasant experiences. For the first time in all my years living in the U.S., I was ordered to “go back to my country.” My children, who are both American, have been — more than once — defined by the color of their skin (and often incorrectly). While it has been challenging in some ways to be judged as different, I want my children to feel proud of their differences yet still feel they belong here, as citizens of a country which once readily embraced other cultures and people.

In order to best care for those you love, you must also take care of yourself. As a health consultant, Jenna Lento, co-owner of Fit Mamas, saw many clients putting themselves last on the priority list. The physical and mental ramifications were unmistakable and she knew she needed to do things differently when she became a mother. Jenna’s Journey Born in the Toledo area, Lento moved eight times due to the hockey career of her husband, Evan Rankin. In 2015, the couple made their way home. Jenna explained, “[W]e loved this city...our family and friends are here, and Evan wanted to retire with the Walleye. We believe [the Toledo area] is a great place to raise a family.” The University of Toledo alumni strived to balance her career and passions. Jenna pursued journalism as a reporter for 13ABC and as a weekend anchor for WTOL 11. She worked as a health consultant and instructor at Pure Barre, cultivating her dedication to wellness. She was compelled to found Fit Mamas because she saw the frustration new mothers faced in finding time for their workouts: “If you see a need in your community, you fill the need.” Lento recounts that when she realized she was expecting, she created a list to prepare. Balancing multiple careers, Jenna knew adding a new baby would create major shifts in her schedule. She understood from experience that her health must stay a priority on her list, but finding the right combination of fitness and child care proved challenging. Jenna decided to start Fit Mamas to allow moms with little ones to combine childcare with fitness.

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What’s your favorite activity to do with your family?

I love exploring the Toledo Zoo with my husband and little one. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful zoo and we really enjoy making memories there.

Best holiday memory from when you were a kid?

Every Christmas Eve, we put on our best clothes, attended mass and always had a big beautiful dinner (thanks to my mom’s cooking).

What’s your go-to activity when you have a few minutes to yourself?

I usually dig into a good book. I love reading non-fiction books that inspire me to be better. I’m kind of a self-help junkie. There’s always room to improve and grow.

What is your favorite Toledo hangout?

It’s too hard to pick one! I really love our coffee shops and restaurants.

Describe Toledo in a sentence?

The city of Toledo delivers opportunity and is the foundation you want to raise a family.

Recruiting reinforcements Jenna recruited Libby Langenderfer, a long time friend, to help her see her vision through. With the support of local businesses, Fit Mamas meets for workouts and group outings where mothers can bring their little ones along in strollers. Classes are held at Fitness4all in Perrysburg, though in better weather classes take place at parks and other child-friendly venues. The “stroller workout” allows participants to run, walk, march and complete high-intensity bursts while baby sits snug in his/her stroller. As all parents are aware, baby doesn’t always sit quietly, but Fit Mamas is a “judgment-free” group.

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LAMPLIGHT CAFÉ & BAKERY 121 W. Indiana Ave. Perrysburg 43551 In Perry’s Landing 419-874-0125 Open Daily 7a.m.-2:30p.m. Do I dare say Lamplight Cafe & Bakery is “darling?” I loved the quaint atmosphere. From the little patio out front to the decorative lamplights inside, I fell in love with the cute little place. Though the restaurant is rather cozy, they do fit in quite a few tables and even have a breakfast bar up front. On the far side of the restaurant, they share a space with separately-owned 7 Little Cupcakes. Similar, but….. The Toledo area is very fortunate to have a plethora of local cafes that offer similar menu items, such as omelets, quiches and sandwiches. In that respect, Lamplight is no different. However, many of their items have their own personal twist, so their menu isn’t exactly what you would find at another breakfast/lunch café.

The Short Course

Local Gem In Perrysburg Quaint cafe vibes near downtown By Karen L. Zickes

For example, they offer six different eggs benedict: lobster, crab cakes, shredded bacon, avocado, smoked salmon, and more. Their omelets add a twist, such as adding asparagus to what might have seemed like a western omelet. I even loved their names that reflected where we were dining, such as the Commodore Benedict, the Perry’s Landing Benedict or the South Boundary Omelet. My boys chose the Mediterranean omelet with chicken and the Farmer’s Market omelet. I enjoyed the popular Crossroads Benedict, which included avocado and bacon. I regret that I didn’t upgrade my hash browns for their signature potato balls, referred to as “deep fried potato goodness” on their menu. John Veselka, a manager at Lamplight, described them as hash browns, sour cream, cheddar, onion, and bacon rolled into a ball and breaded with panko crumbs and deep fried. Oh my goodness we need to return just for those.

Breakfast or lunch all day long Veselka also explained that their entire menu, breakfast or lunch, is available all day long. The lunch menu includes countless sandwiches, wraps, and salads. They have a Reuben with a twist: instead of the usual sauerkraut, Veselka said they use their own “craz-E-slaw.” He also explained that they add to the menu about every 6 months, and I noticed that they offer daily specials. Kids are welcome to dine at Lamplight. They provide a large placemat covered with activities to keep kids occupied. Your little ones 10 and under can enjoy four lunch options and two breakfast options along with a drink for just $5. Parents will be happy to know that they can swap fries for a healthier option: applesauce.

Kid-friendly: Yes To avoid wait: Anytime Noise level: Moderate Bathroom amenities: Family restroom with changing station High chairs? Yes Kids’ Menu? Yes Allergies? Be sure to make your server aware so that special precautions can be taken.

Bottom Line:

I have to agree with John Veselka, a manager at Lamplight Cafe, when he says “Lamplight is one of the best kept secrets in Perrysburg.” You’ll see many regulars stop in, and the employees know them by name. Lamplight is near downtown Perrysburg, tucked into Perry’s Landing. With the affordable $5 kids’ menu, you can bring the whole family. But beware, you may not be able to leave without a tasty treat from 7 Little Cupcakes.

Kids Eat Free! If you don’t feel like cooking on those busy days, decide where to dine by picking a place where your kids eat free.



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Art Crawl

January 3, 6PM Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo

All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.

1 WEDNESDAY Snowmanizing Science - Visit the Imagination Station through January 20 to participate in an ongoing community art project that will transform the Station into a beautiful winterscape. $11-13. Imagination Station Toledo, 1 Discovery Way, 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org

2 THURSDAY Winter Camps - Give your child a memorable day at the Zoo while they are on break from school. Camps will be held through January 3, not available on New Year’s Day. Children 5-10, $40 per day for members, $45 for non-members; 11-12, $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers. 9am-3pm. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org/camps Theatre Day Camp - Ages 7-9 and 10-12 years play theatre games, work on character ideas and enjoy arts & crafts. Register. $50. 9am-5pm. Children’s Theatre Workshop, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-5061. ctwtoledo.org

3 FRIDAY Nickelodeon Weekend at Walleye The Walleye take on the Kalamazoo Wings and Indy Fuel during a weekend run of home games. Special theme games and audience participation will feature favorite Nick Jr. characters. $19-$28. 7pm. Friday, & Saturday. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson. 419-725-9255. toledowalleye.com Free First Friday - Explore the Museum grounds at no charge. View the traveling exhibits, historic memorabilia and grounds at no charge. 10am-4pm. Wood County History Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. woodcountyhistory.org Free

4 SATURDAY Frozen Sing-along - The Disney film comes alive at this sing-along party featuring Elsa and Ana in person. Adults $5. $15-$25. 10am-1pm. Fallen Timbers Shoppes Suite 515, 3100 Main St., Maumee. 419-740-7080. laurelprincessparties.square.site

5 SUNDAY Beginner’s Yoga Workshop - Join veteran yoga instructor Erin Marsh to learn the fundamentals of a typical yoga class in a comfortable, non-competitive environment and at a slower pace. $30. 1:30-3:30pm. Yogaja Yoga Cricket West, 3145 W. Central Ave., 567-343-5569 yogajayoga.com

9 THURSDAY Tales & Trails - Take a short hike with a Metroparks interpreter and create a craft to take home. Ages 3-5 (with an adult). Register $2 per child. 10-11am. Also on Thursday the 23rd. Wildwood, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com

No-Bake Cooking Adventures All the thrill of creating food with none of the worries of the oven. This month, learn how to make New Year and Super Bowlthemed treats. $30. 6:30pm. Oregon Community Room, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon. 419-698-7146. oregonohio.org

10 FRIDAY January Jewels Program - This pre-K program brings together stories, music, puppet play and outdoor discovery as the group takes a guided tour of Olander Park, looking for ‘red jewels.’ Ages 3-6 years (with an adult) welcome. Register. $2.25-$3 for non-residents. 9-10am. Olander Park, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave, Sylvania. 419-882-8313. olanderpark.com Walleye Marvel Night - Cheer on the superheroic Toledo Walleye as they wear Spider-Man-themed jerseys as they take on the villainous Indy Fuel on both Friday and Saturday! $19-28. 7:15pm. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., 419-255-3300. toledowalleye.com Preschoolers in the Park - Bring your 3-6 year old for games, crafts and educational learning. Register. 10-11am. Knight Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. 419-353-1897. wcparks.org Free

Explore the galleries and watch your child respond to large colorful paintings, then get messy in the studio with baby-friendly art materials. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor. Participants should bring clothes that can be stained. Registration required. Tickets $7 for TMA members; $10 for nonmembers.

Snowed In PJ Party

January 18 – 20 Imagination Station 1 Discovery Way, Toledo imaginationstationtoledo.org Snow day! Beat cabin fever and celebrate in your jammies all weekend long at a PJ party. Play oversized chess, Jenga and Twister, assemble a puzzle and learn board games with Toledo Game Room, Old School Gaming, and Checkmate Games and Hobbies. Build a fort, watch some of the world’s best compete in a Rubik’s Cube tournament and more!

Mindful Eating Workshop

January 21, 6-8PM Toledo Mindfulness Institute 6537 Angola Rd., Holland


Meditation expert and Zen Master Jay Rinsen Weik addresses hunger and craving and how mindfulness can help you tune into your body’s true needs versus desires in this workshop on eating mindfully. Open to all--no meditation experience required. $30.

11 SATURDAY Winterfest - Downtown Perrysburg comes alive with giant ice sculptures and a variety of events including trolley rides, ice carving competitions, live music, a Disney scavenger hunt, and family activities. Family activities hosted 5:30-8:30pm, Friday. 11am-4pm, Saturday. Downtown Perrysburg. 419-872-6246. downtownperrysburg.org/winterfest Free.

Join us for Open House Saint Joseph Parish School is a Pre-K to 8th grade school dedicated to Catholic faith formation & academic excellence.

Horticulture Make & Take Workshop: Healthy Houseplants Let the horticulture staff help you improve the health of your home and humans by creating a custom houseplant arrangement in a decorative glazed ceramic planter. To fuel your creativity, the zoo will be serving a light brunch of pastries and sangria with fresh fruit, coffee and water. Event is kidfriendly. $60-$65. 10am. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. toledozoo.org Archery & S’mores - Ages 8 & up learn archery basics and participate shooting targets followed by a campfire and treats. Register. $8. 1-2:30pm. Pearson Metropark, 761 Lallendorf Rd., Oregon. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com

Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 12:30p.m. - 2p.m. Pre-school and K-5 - West Campus | Grades 6-8 - East Campus

12 SUNDAY Paws & Pucks - Bring your pup to the arena to enjoy the Walleye game together! This dog-friendly game benefits Lucas County Canine Care & Control. $5, dog, $17, dog owner. 5pm. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., 419-321-5007. Toledowalleye.com

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Sidelines Planned Pethood Fundraiser - Show a flyer posted on Sidelines’ Facebook page and 20% of the total cost of your meal will be donated to Planned Pethood. Noon-midnight. Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub, 2111 Mellwood Ave., 419-474-0000. facebook.com/sidelinesmellwood

15 WEDNESDAY Survive the Swamp - This educational program invites kids to travel back in time and discover the days of the pioneers that settled in Northwest Ohio in the early 1800s. 4-5pm. Sylvania Library, 6749 Monroe St. 419-882-2089. toledolibrary.org Free

16 THURSDAY Toddler Yoga - Learn basic yoga stretches with your toddler. Stories and songs accompany the lesson . 10am. Sylvania Library, 6749 Monroe St. 419-882-2089. toledolibrary.org Free Snowballs Program - This pre-K program invites young children (with an adult) to play in the snow, create a snow person and listen to a story. Register. $2.25-$3 for non-residents. 10-11am. Olander Park, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave, Sylvania. 419-882-8313. olanderpark.com Superb Owls Program - This educational program introduces owls to the family. Register in advnce. 7-9pm. Knight Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg. 419-353-1897. wcparks.org Free

18 SATURDAY Dance Party - Ages 5 & under (with an adult) listen to a special storybook set to music. Get in the dancing spirit. 10am. Main Library, 325 N Michigan St. 419- 259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free Sibshops - Brothers and sisters of siblings with special needs are invited to this workshop where they share their experience and help others gain an understanding on their own relationships with their siblings, 10am. Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, 419-214-3066. siblingsupport.org Free

19 SUNDAY Star Struck - Ages 12 & up explore the night sky using basic astronomy tips and a telescope. The group will look for visible constellations, comets and shooting stars. 7-9:30pm. Bend View Metropark, 10040 S River Rd., Waterville. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com

20 MONDAY Kids’ Day at Christ Presbyterian This special drop off play date is hosted by Christ Presbyterian. Register. 8am-4pm. Christ Presbyterian, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-475-8629. cpctoledo.org Free

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21 TUESDSAY Olander is Frozen Program This pre-K program looks for icicles and signs of winter, than head inside for a snack and craft. Register. $2.25-$3 for non-residents. 10-11am. Olander Park, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave, Sylvania. 419-882-8313. olanderpark.com

22 WEDNESDAY Frog and Toad - Wild Swan Theatre presents the classic tale based on the characters created by author Arnold Lobel. Families will enjoy watching Frog and Toad help their friends. Tickets may sell out. $10-$15. Through Saturday. 10am, Wednesday-Thursday. 12:30pm, Friday. 11am, Saturday. Wild Swan Theater, 6175 Jackson Rd. 734-995-0530. wildswantheater.org

23 THURSDAY Winter Survival - 7th graders & up learn about outdoor survival skills from making a fire and shelter to finding your way to aid. Register. 4-6pm. Knight Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg. 419-353-1897. wcparks.org Free Jesus Christ Superstar - St. Ursula presents the Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber made famous by the 1973 film. The production hasn’t lost any magic so 50 years later. $18. Through Sunday. 8p,. Thursday-Saturday. 2pm, Sunday. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787. valentinetheatre.com

25 SATURDAY Summer Camp Sampler - Get a full hands-on preview of what your growing girl could be doing at NDA’s Summer Academy at this bite-sized camp sample. Open to girls in grades 4-8. $10. 10am-noon. Notre Dame Academy, 3535 W Sylvania Ave., 419-475-9359. nda.org/summeracademy West Side Montessori School Open House - Come and see the Montessori Difference for yourself at their all school Open House. 9-11am. West Side Montessori, 7115 W. Bancroft St. 419-866-1931. montessoritoledo.org Free

Young Rep. Ed. Course - “Minor Roles in Theatre” is open to ages 7-17 years and introduces the young actor to the many roles of the stage. The session focuses on acting, dancing and singing. Register. $150. 9am-noon. Saturdays, 1.25-3.24. Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16th 10th St. 419-243-9277. toledorep.org The Forest is With You - Ages 7-10 (with an adult) take a guided tour of the outdoor with a certified Forest Therapy Guide. The event aims to unlock the emotionally healing powers of nature as well as instill the positive physical benefits. Register. $10. 1-3pm. Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com Winter Wonderland Class - Ages 6-9 years explore the TMA Galleries to look for winter themes. After the tour, students create arts & crafts projects based on what they saw. Register. $80-$90. 1-3pm. Saturdays through February 22. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org

26 SUNDAY Little Mermaid Sing-along Watch the 90s Disney classic following Ariel the mermaid. This sing-along version includes on-screen lyrics. $13-$16. 3pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-4801. michtheater.org

28 TUESDAY Romeo & Juliet Ballet - The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents the timeless ballet based on the work by Shakespeare set to a musical score by Prokofiev. $35-$65. 7:30pm. Marathon Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. 419-423-2787. mcpa.org

31 FRIDAY Escape the Manor House Family Edition - Families can unlock the mystery and help Metroparks mascot Otis the Oak Leaf solve puzzles. Meets at the Manor House. Register. $15. 7:30pm. Wildwood, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com



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Family Center Open The Family Center to Toledo Museum is open to kids and their guardians to create crafts, read story books and play games in the community play room. Stop by and see what art project is going on. Parking rates apply. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-3pm. Fridays, 3:30-8pm. Saturdays & Sundays, Noon-5pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free


Parent and Child Preschool Playtime - Children age 18 months to 3-years are invited with their parents to this eight-week event to engage the child in a variety of hands-on play and learning opportunities. $100 per session. 10-11:30am. Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd., 419-381-1313. mvcds.org Preschool Storytime - Geared towards ages 3-6 (with an adult) this weekly storytime runs about 30 minutes. 10:30am. Wood County Library, 108 N Main St., 419-666-9900. wcdpl.org Free

CARE Support Group - If you or a loved one have experienced losing a child, these weekly community support groups are here to help. Topics include “My Journey Through Grief” and “Dealing with Your Feelings about Relationships.” 7-8:30pm. Ronald McDonald House, 3883 Monroe St., 419-291-9475. promedica.org Painting Classes This weekly class is open to all ages and abilities. Students will create new artwork every week. No registration required. $15. 5:30-6:30pm. Awakening Minds, 317 S. Main St., Findlay. 419-302-3892. awakeningminds.org

Saturdays Skate Lessons - These weekly lessons are open to kids 2- 13 years and includes skate rental and small drink. $5. 10:30-11am. Ohio Skate, 1370 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-4031. maumee.ohioskate.com

Think Tank Workshops Visit the Toledo science museum, Imagination Station for the weekly series. January features Snow Slime. Visitors experiment with Igloo Goo and Arctic Ooze products while learning about basic chemistry. $6-$8 per workshop. Admission prices vary. 2pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org Sippy Cup Storytime Reading Barefoot with Lindsey hosts a weekly Saturday story hour. Children wilplay, sing songs and listen to a story while the adults enjoy a hot beverage of their choice. Please support the shop. 9:30-10:30am. SIP Coffee, 3160 Markway Rd. 419-407-5038. facebook.com/barefootlindsey Free Storytime at Plate One Meet other families with young children at this weekly storytime hour. Parking is free at any meter. 11:30am. Plate One, 420 Madison Ave. 419-385-2121. facebook.com/plateone Free

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Growth Dr. Romules Durant



GROW with us as we focus on 2020 and beyond. n Our graduation rates are increasing n Our community partnerships are thriving n STEMM programs continue to expand n School-based health clinics support the whole child


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