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Kids in Streetsboro are uniting this coming weekend in their lemonade day efforts to raise money for their classmate, Makayla Claflin, who is battling leukemia. Lemonade stands will be open around Streetsboro on May 13 with various hours starting at 10 a.m. and some running through 7 p.m. The student groups will put their own flair to their stands with different flavors and other refreshments -- so sample several!
Locations include Pet Supplies Plus, Walmart, Walgreens, Honda, Hyundai, Autozone, Streetsboro Flea Market, NTB Tire, Honey Baked Ham, Empire Game Center, Staples, Art of Impact Salon, Blasiole's Pizza, Home Savings Bank, Zip City, and Teresa's Pizza. Please stop by and show your support.
Streetsboro student talent was on display last month at the Student Art Show, hosted by the People's Alliance for Streetsboro Schools and the art teachers. Art created by students from kindergarten through 12th grade was on display at the show, with select pieces displayed the week prior at the University Hospitals Streetsboro Medical Center.
More than 300 people attended the show to view the art and to vote on the pieces that will appear in the 2017-18 Community Calendar. The winners whose art will appear in the calendar are (listed from kindergarten to 12th-grade students) Josie Brunner, Abigail Lenze, Lillian McFarland, Ava Bodovetz, Grace Watters, Nikki Roman, Hayley Ross, Nathan Kotowski, Allison Laudato, Marvena Fahmy, Rosy Shepper, R'Reyonna Paker and Breaunna Triscari. Congratulations to the artists!
The calendar will be distributed throughout town in July and August. Spaces are still available for businesses and organizations to advertise. Visit the PASS website or Facebook page for more information, www.streetsboropass.org.
The Streetsboro Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet and meeting on June 24. This year, it will be held at the new high school, located at 8585 S.R. 14. Alumni will have the opportunity to tour the new school starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $17.
Since 2008, the organization has awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Lifetime membership in the association is only $25. For more information, contact Steve Szumski at 330-688-1199 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Szumski at 951-743-9048 or email@example.com. Visit their website for membership information, class photos, and more at www.streetsboroalumni.com.
I began writing this column in 2006 -- when I was a stay-at-home Mom with two toddlers. Now I have a full time job -- at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County -- and my family has grown. Vivian is in eighth grade, Jimmy in seventh, and Cecelia is in third. My husband, Chris, became a registered nurse and works at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna.
Thank you to everyone who reached out over the years to provide news items! It's been a pleasure writing this column. I've enjoyed learning more about our community and all the interesting people in it! Streetsboro has come a long way. We have wonderful new school buildings, new stores and restaurants, new housing developments, and new city buildings may be in the near future.
But I'm certain one thing that will never change is the town's heart. People come together to help those in need -- during the holidays, in sickness, and tragedy. Many life-long friendships are made and families stay for generations. The Boro is a great place to be! See you Around Streetsboro! Rocket pride!