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Softball team holds fundraiser

The Chagrin Falls High School softball team will hold their third annual “Family Bingo Night” fundraiser on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chagrin Falls Middle School Gymnasium.

This night is a chance for families, as well as students and their friends, to have a fun night out. There are several prizes to be won including Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers tickets, family-oriented gift baskets and cash. Each attendee can play 10 games of Bingo with play starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. Chagrin Falls schools’ celebrities will be calling the numbers.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for concessions such as pizza, chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese and more. The proceeds from this event will benefit all the girls softball programs. Save money on tickets by pre-registering online by noon on Jan. 24. Walk-ins are welcome with full price tickets at the door. Visit to pre-register.

Contact Kelly Christie at or 440-655-6928 or contact Lori Newbauer at or 440-915-1115 for more information.

PTO provides water stations

Gurney Elementary School installed new water bottle filling stations this month to benefit students and staff and to help divert plastic from landfills. The Chagrin Falls Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) supplied the four stations to the school.

The stations have a touchless sensor activation to fill bottles and filters that reduce unwanted water components and improve taste. The stations also have tickers that show how many 20-ounce plastic water bottles have been saved from waste.

“Staying hydrated throughout the day is critical for everyone’s overall health and optimal energy level,” said Principal Rachel Jones. “We are so grateful to Lynn Turchan and our entire Chagrin Falls PTO for supplying our school with four of these stations throughout our building.”

Gurney in national newsletter

The national newsletter “Read to Them” featured Gurney Elementary School as their cover story for the 2020 issue for the school’s “One School, One Book” program.

The story highlights the success of the school’s program over the last nine years, including the amount of support given to the program from the staff, parent volunteers and other sponsors. It features the school’s yearly kickoff event when the front of the building is transformed into scenes from the book and explains the strategic approach to selecting the book and integrating it into the teachers’ lessons.

The full cover story can be downloaded on the district website,

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