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Special visitor during lunch

Jordak Elementary School students recently shared hugs and high-fives when Sully from the Disney movie “Monsters Inc.” visited the cafeteria for breakfast on Jan. 9. Sully took time out from his job at the scare factory to help the students get their day started off on the right foot by eating breakfast. The children also received a Mike or Sully pencil.

Students earn $4,000 for veterans

On Jan. 22, more than 30 pieces of patriotic artwork went up for auction at Ohman Family Living at Briar in Middlefield. The majority of the artwork was created and donated by local Cardinal students Geauga County leaders and citizens rallied in support of veterans and bid generously on the artwork, raising $4,000 to support veterans as every art piece sold.

Retired Marine Major Eric Burkett, a bilateral amputee wounded in combat, of New Castle, Pennsylvania shared with the attendees the struggles common to severely injured vets and the need for a haven getaway for healing veterans and their families. Major Burkett described the circumstances of his injury and discussed the difficulties while healing.

All proceeds from the auction, spearheaded by the Ohman Family Living at Briar Team, will be donated to Valor Retreat, a designated getaway for combat veterans, their families and Gold Star families in Hocking Hills, Ohio. The Valor Retreat is the vision of president and owner of Caritas Financial, Larry Teichman. He has donated acreage on which eight cabins will eventually be constructed.

Cardinal Local School District senior Jonathon San Miguel-Zins took first place, sophomore Milanie Macarya took second and junior Sara Kangas took third in the art contest. Each student received cash toward furthering their education.

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