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WHEELING – Summer break for school students is drawing to a close, and a number of events are set in Ohio County Schools in the coming days as youths and their teachers prepare to return to the classroom.
The energy and excitement that surrounds the start of school begins today (Monday) at the House of the Carpenter on Wheeling Island.
Students who pre-registered will get “fresh looks for school.” People on site will provide the youths with haircuts and manicures, as well as a new outfit for school and some personal care items. The event takes place from 2-7 p.m.
– The Wheeling Park High School “Freshman Tailgate” will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wheeling Park High School for incoming freshmen, as well as new students at the school.
– “Meet the Bridge Street Middle School Family Night” will be held 5-7 p.m.Thursday at the school.
Principal Jessica Broski-Birch is asking that 6th grade students and their families – along with any new students – come between 5-6 p.m., and returning families of seventh and eight grade students be at the school from 6 to 7 p.m.
Students will meet their teachers during their designated time, while administrators will gather with parents in the school’s cafeteria. The use of Schoology and how best to communicate with teachers and staff will be discussed.
The school’s prevention resource officer then will talk to parents about their children’s use of social media, and how to avoid the dangers.
Outside on the playground, the students will be treated to Twin Pops from Ziegenfelders, and play games.
The students and their families will be invited to stay and tour the building if they wish, Broski-Birch added.
– Madison Elementary School Back-to-School Night will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at the school.
– The Ohio County Schools Bus Road-E-O takes place 8-11 a.m. on Aug. 22 in the parking lot of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
“It’s a welcome back for drivers,” explained David Crumm, transportation director. “They have been off for a while. It’s a way for them to get re-familarized with their skills and keeping students safe on the roads.
“And it’s a way for them to have fun in a competitive atmosphere.”
The bus drivers compete in events that simulate what they do on the road each day, Crumm explained.
– Ritchie Elementary will be hosting its annual “BTS Block Party” from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 22.
Principal John Jorden says about 30 vendors will be present outside the school, and students can “come get some free stuff from them.”
There will be food and games for the students. Ziegenfelders will pass out Twin Pops, and there will be pizza, hot dogs and other snacks.
New this year will be Unicare, which will be passing out hygiene products. Free haircuts also will be available to students.
Next, the youths will come inside the school to meet their new teachers. They will be given a new book bag and school supplies, but the school supplies will stay at school and be kept in the student’s new desk. Each desk will have a name tag, according to Jorden.
Also on Aug. 22, Wheeling Middle School will host its sixth grade picnic throughout the day. Triadelphia Middle School and The Warwood School also will have events from 4-6 p.m.
The first day of school is Aug. 23.
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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, Ohio State has a number of resources to help those impacted, and will host events with information about the war.
Christopher Gelpi, director and chair of peace studies and conflict resolution at the Mershon Center, said learning about the war is an important part of being a good citizen, because everyone has a responsibility to understand how governments, both in the U.S. and overseas, react in times of struggle.
“I see our role in a crisis like this is to bring people together and share the knowledge that our faculty fellows have in a way that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible,” Gelpi said.
An estimated 42,908 people of Ukrainian descent live in Ohio, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.
Ohio State’s “Education for Citizenship” motto emphasizes the university’s commitment to informing citizens, according to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. The Office of International Affairs has a list of resources to inform students about the university’s events covering the crisis in Ukraine.
University spokesperson Chris Booker said in an email the Office of International Affairs offers support resources, including counseling and personal well-being services, immigration assistance for international students and information about cyber security.
“Ohio State developed this list of academic and support resources to assist those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine and foster discussion and education across campus,” Booker said.
The Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies has compiled various academic resources, including books, articles, events and films, that help to better understand the crisis in Ukraine, according to the center’s website. The office will also hold a virtual roundtable Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon, featuring Polish experts sharing their perspective on the war.
WOSU Public Media and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will hold an event Thursday at noon called “Dialogue Special Edition: The Russia/Ukraine Crisis,” featuring a variety of speakers and discussions on the possible routes to peace in Europe.
The Mershon Center will host a virtual event March 24 from 3:30-5 p.m., featuring a discussion from Timothy Frye, a professor of post-Soviet foreign policy at Columbia University, about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in Russian and international politics, according to the Mershon Center website. Another virtual event hosting 11 speakers who will speak on U.S. and NATO relations with Russia will be held April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.