Autumn activities target helping others

As the weather cools down, we turn our attention to football games, fall activities and planning for the holiday season. Events in YTR center around doing for others, remembering loved ones and making the winter months a pleasant time for all.

Trunk and Treat

The Meadowbrook Church of God will have their annual Trunk and Treat on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the church. Children of all ages are invited to participate and Trick-or-Treat in safety.

It is called Trunk and Treat because church members decorate the trunks of their cars, park them in a circle and give out candy from the trunks.

Operations Christmas Stocking 2011

The churches in the YTR area are joining together to help Boatsie’s Boxes send Christmas stockings to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. They will be collecting travel size toiletries, candy, drink mixes, and other items including socks and cash donations to purchase phone cards. If you can’t afford to donate an item, words of encouragement in the form of a short note would be appreciated to place in the stockings. Everyone is encouraged to help with this project to support our troops. You can drop off your donations at the Rayland Methodist Church, Tiltonsville Methodist Church, and Yorkville Methodist Church, at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church on mass days and at St. Joseph Catholic Church during regular office hours, and at Glen Robbins Presbyterian Church between 11am and noon. We will be getting together in St. Joe’s basement on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. to sort and on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9a.m. to pack the stockings. We hope to see you there!

WT Lions Club

The Lions Club continues to help with the clean up and beautification project on the grounds of South Elementary in Tiltonsville. They are currently working with the villages to plan future projects. Proceeds from the recent TV raffle will aid in these future projects. Their next meeting will be held on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Valley Hospice in Rayland. New members are welcome. Please contact Russell at 859-3162 or 859-4092.

Annual Memorial Tree

The Village of Yorkville, local businesses, and members of the community will once again sponsor the Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Service. This will be the second year for this beautiful ceremony.

The tree will be on display from Dec. 5, 2011 to Jan. 4, 2012 at the Yorkville Park across from the city building. Anyone in the YTR area wishing to place an ornament or remembrance on the tree in memory of a loved one may do so while the tree is on display.

On Dec. 16, 2011, there will be a remembrance service at 6 p.m. with local clergy and inspirational songs by Mike Lilley and the Buckeye Local Chamber Choir. At that time the tree will be officially lighted. After the service, light snacks will be provides at the Yorkville Fire Department so that all in attendance may share in Fellowship.

On Jan. 4 the tree will be dedicated and planted in the Yorkville Park as a living memorial to all of our loved ones who have passed.

If you have any questions, please call Dana Brown at 740-859-6486

Grant Awards

The Buckeye Local School District has earned two grants for the 2011-12 school year.

The first is a Safety Grant of $75,000 to be used to upgrade current equipment and/or purchase new items to assist staff in maintaining a safe environment for all students and adults in our buildings and on our busses. As with most grants, there are specific regulations and guidelines regarding allowable expenses and implementation standards. This grant will be used for security cameras, communication systems at South and North elementary schools, bus radios, Red Ribbon Week activities, and student identity kits. Professional development training on Positive Behavior Support provided by Dr. Eric Landers will be part of ongoing instruction for staff members.

A second grant secured by the district is the 21st Century Grant. The district currently provides after school programs at the elementary and junior high levels. Through the acquisition of this grant an after school program will now be available to the High School level also. The program will begin on Monday, Oct. 10 from 2:30-5:30. Math and English tutoring, academic programs, social programs, radio operations and Robotics will be offered Monday through Thursday throughout the year. Bussing is available for students attending the program. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Clark at 859-2196 or Cindy Schooler at 8769-7395

In addition to these grants, a Technology Grant had previously been awarded at the junior high level and continues to be in use, and an additional Technology grant awarded last spring, is currently in use at the High School.

Congratulations to all staff members who have devoted their time and expertise to research, write, maintain and implement these grants. The knowledge, tools and experiences provided to our students are invaluable as they prepare for the future.

Event Reminders

October 7 through December 16 (on Fish Fry Fridays) – Nonperishable Food Drive at the Rayland VFD

October 15 – Card/Games Party at Glen Robbins Community Center