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Students honor local veterans

Each year, Park Elementary School students, staff and community members gather for the Veterans Day assembly, an event complete with students singing songs and reading poems of gratitude while local veterans – relatives and friends of the students – share their military history at the microphone. This tradition has taken place at 111 Goodrich Court in the school’s auditorium for the past 26 years.

This year, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, principal Rhonda Garrett and the school’s music teacher, Samantha Puterbaugh, instead put together a video with the third-grade students outdoors. The young Hilltoppers embraced veterans virtually in song through this digital format.

“The third-grade students and I were proud to honor our veterans through the song ‘Thank You, Soldiers,’” said Ms. Puterbaugh. “We enjoyed making music together outdoors on a beautiful November day.”

The video is available at

Hanlon proponent of HB 305

Together with colleagues, Chardon schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon, Jr. was in Columbus on Nov. 10 for the opportunity to testify before the Ohio House Finance Committee in support of a substitute version of House Bill 305.

The Nov. 10 event at the Ohio Statehouse marked the bill’s seventh hearing thus far. The Ohio House Finance Committee accepted sHB 305, a modification of HB 305.

For access to the Nov. 10 testimony in support of sHB 305 and the full list of proponents who testified that day, visit The hearing was broadcast live by the Ohio Channel with a replay available at

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