Collective pondering

The Chardon High School Drama Department’s production of The Westing Game, directed by Brandon Lichtinger, performed three shows for the community earlier this month. Junior Autumn Reese, from left, senior Kenny Leach, junior Bryan Hofacre, senior Robert Frank and senior Kyle Nelson shared a stage scene of collective pondering.

Kelly Misch, 440-285-4052, ext. 409

Graduate returns for a visit

Chardon High School Class of 2017 graduate Jake Leonard spent time visiting all five Chardon schools as a photographer during his one-week military leave earlier this month. Mr. Leonard is currently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he serves as a network management technician. In his spare time, Mr. Leonard is a freelance photographer specializing in nature scenes, candid shots of the human experience and more.

During his Nov. 11 Veterans Day assembly visit to Park Elementary, Mr. Leonard spoke to the school’s students about his role in the U.S. Air Force. Chardon Schools thanks Mr. Leonard who also shared his photography talents in the district’s classrooms.

Schools foundation awards grants

With gratitude toward its community of sponsors, donors and fundraiser participants, Chardon Schools Foundation announced that it has awarded $10,055 in grants to Chardon Local Schools for the 2019-20 school year and beyond. The educational grants are centered on the areas of reading, advanced design and printing, technology and science.

Educational investments include literacy-building game materials for kindergartners, two circuit machines and 30 spherical robots for the middle school and electronic programming devices for eighth-graders. High school students will receive 20 new document cameras. The foundation grants will also cover textbook and building costs for Science Olympiad.

Chardon Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization run exclusively by community volunteers, has helped fund creative and innovative educational grants to teachers in the Chardon Local School District since 1989. To support the organization’s mission, send a donation to Chardon Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 838, Chardon, Ohio 44024 or online at

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