Ottawa County Parents’ Week Featured

Students and parents of Immaculate Conception, St. Boniface and Put-In-Bay

Ottawa County celebrated Parents’ Week with a Kickoff Breakfast in Port Clinton on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with 120 community members attending.  The event was sponsored by Family & Children First Council and made possible by the generous donations of Materion, Inc., US Gypsum, OSU Extension of Ottawa County and National Bank of Ohio.  Ottawa County Commissioner Jodi Regal, alongside County Commissioners Jim Sass and Steve Arndt proclaimed October 20th through October 26th as “You Gotta Love Parents…” Week in Ottawa County.

Students and parents of Danbury

Judge Kathleen L. Giesler of the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Courts is the spokesperson for Parents’ Week and emphasized the wonderful job parents and caregivers do with raising the children in our community.  Judge Giesler also shared comical bits from what 4th graders throughout the county said in their essays and letters about their parents.

Students and parents of Woodmore

Judge Giesler visited 24 fourth grade classes this fall to talk about Parents’ Week in Ottawa County and explain the Fourth Grade Writing Contest.  Fourth graders were given the opportunity to write a 100-word essay about what makes a great parent or a letter to their parents telling them why they are special.  The winners of the contests, as well as their families, were recognized at the Kickoff Breakfast.   

Winners include:  

  • Keilynn Mazur, James Jessen, Alexis Spears, Anthony Auckerman, Tegan Allison and Paige Gedeon from Bataan Intermediate; 
  • Sydney Wank, Mason Smith and Lucy Richards from Woodmore Elementary School; 
  • Dalton Black, Teagan Szych, Madison Smith and Ava Shephard from Genoa Elementary School;
  • Victoria Fuzinski from St. Boniface School, Oak Harbor; 
  • Jacob Adams from Put-In-Bay School; 
  • Marcella Brenner from Immaculate Conception School, Port Clinton; 
  • Robbie Tyson and Tia Tamara Hart from Danbury Local Schools; 
  • Crystal West, Cienna Heineman, Reagan Schultz, Kyan Menchaca, Ally Garner and Hailey Young from Oak Harbor Middle School.

The winning essays may be viewed at the Juvenile Court’s website:  

Students and parents of Port Clinton

Each winner received a bag of prizes donated from local businesses.  Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse, Monsoon Lagoon Water Park, Cross Winds Island Adventures Fun Center, and African Lion Safari Wildlife Park donated the grand prizes for winners in the drawings.

Magical entertainer Greg Carson provided entertainment for the morning.

Students and parents of Benton-Carroll-Salem

Community leaders, school officials, parents and grandparents were present to recognize and celebrate people raising children and to promote the role of positive parenting throughout the county.

The Parents’ Week Committee consisted of Co-Chairs Kathy Booher from OSU Extension, and Lori Clune from Probate/Juvenile Court, Judge Kathleen L. Giesler from Probate/Juvenile Court, County Commissioner Jim Sass, Ella Waltman from OSU Extension, Ottawa County and Aja Kohlenberg with Family & Children First.

Students and parents of Genoa

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