Schools receive $14,000 in grants

As a result of its successful community auction event in March, Chardon Schools Foundation has awarded more than $14,000 in grants to Chardon Local Schools this year.

CSF, a nonprofit organization run by community volunteers, has helped fund educational grants to teachers in the Chardon Local School District since 1989.

The Foundation’s 2020 grants will support K-12 students at all five schools in the district in areas like literacy, interactive learning, community service, woodworking, music, agriculture, stress management and forensic science.

The grants will support the purchases of audio and electronic books at the elementary schools, subscriptions to presentation tools and an LCD projector at the middle school and the construction of benches for the Chardon Service Learning students’ community garden project at the high school campus.

CREW, the school’s Creating Reliable Educated Workers program for grades nine through 12, is getting its soft start for its agricultural initiative with a hobby kit greenhouse. In addition, CREW program students recently developed a vision for a dedicated soul sanctuary in their classroom, an idea stemming from their recent study of stress management. To support this plan, CSF is funding items like speakers, headphones, a room divider, stress balls, coloring pages and more.

CHS juniors and seniors enrolled in forensic and literary crime drama, a new course launched this fall by science teachers Holly Mihalek and Jill Carpenter, have the tools to create and re-enact crime scene scenarios and investigations. The grant covers the cost of classroom and forensics simulation kits and small camcorders.

All project funding from CSF is made possible because of the Foundation’s community supporters, including sponsors, local businesses and individual donors.

Although CSF has a long-standing tradition of annual fundraisers, the Foundation has chosen to forgo certain fundraising events in 2020 and 2021 in response to the pandemic and the resulting social gathering restrictions and the understood economic impact on businesses.

Community members interested in supporting the organization’s mission during this time are encouraged to send a monetary donation to Chardon Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 838, Chardon, Ohio 44024 or online through CSF’s website at

Students stock food pantry

Chardon High School teacher Amanda Bunker took advantage of the warm weather during the first week of November by taking her students for one more “Therapeutic Thursday” walking field trip on Nov. 5 to the Little Free Food Pantry at 106 Water St. in Chardon.

Mrs. Bunker’s students prepared in advance for the walking field trip by bringing nonperishable food donations to school. With their food-filled wagon in tow, the class set off to stock the pantry to help community members in need.

Delani Selent, a 2019 CHS senior, completed the Little Free Food Pantry as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project during the 2018-2019 school year.

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