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‘Letters from the Heart’

Chardon schools families have found ways to reach out to those in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, as well as their parents, guardians and younger siblings, are using their artistic and writing talents to show their support for senior citizens and front lines workers in the community.

By participating in the Geauga County Department on Aging’s Art and Letters from the Heart project, Hilltoppers are creating artwork and notes for senior citizens in local assisted-living facilities and nursing homes, as well as for local seniors who are home-bound during this time.

William Phillips, the community outreach and marketing coordinator for the Department on Aging, reached out to Chardon schools on Mar. 24 to invite the district’s students to participate in the program. As of last week, Hilltoppers of all ages had created more than 85 pieces for senior citizens.

Similarly, families have also been busy creating artistic pieces for the Love our Geauga Lifesavers project, which is the brainchild of Maura Schnauffer, a retired caregiver and Chardon resident. Through the Love our Geauga Lifesavers initiative, students created uplifting messages, pictures and notes of gratitude for staff members at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

Through both the Art and Letters from the Heart and Love our Geauga Lifesavers community outreach projects, students can help make a difference in the community from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Families take photographs of students’ artwork and letters and send those images through email to the district, which then shares them digitally to the two different programs. As of last week, nearly 60 digital images of Hilltopper artwork and letters had been sent to the Love our Geauga Lifesavers project.

Chardon schools families may continue to email submissions for both projects to Kelly Misch, the district’s communications director, at Mark the subject line with either Art from the Heart or Love our Lifesavers, or both if desired, to facilitate digital delivery to the two programs. To avoid the need of third-party photo release forms, the district asks that photos of students are not included in the images.

For more information about Love our Geauga Lifesavers and to view artwork, visit the

Chardon lights up the night

On Apr. 16, Chardon schools hosted a Light up the Night event dedicated to the district’s more than 50 class of 2020 students who were on the roster for lacrosse, tennis, track and field, baseball or softball and had been looking forward to their final spring athletics season as Hilltoppers. At the time of the Light up the Night event, the spring season still remained in a state of uncertainty due to OHSAA postponements necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Class of 2020 athletic event was designed as a drive-by parade open house.

For three hours, the Memorial Field stadium lights shone brightly as more than 300 cars from the Hilltopper community came out while staying safely in their vehicles. Attendees drove along a path to view the senior sport banners that were sponsored by Pastor Photography, Chardon Athletic Boosters and Chardon Smile.

Just days after the Light up the Night event, the OHSAA officially canceled the spring athletics season in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s Apr. 20 announcement to keep the state’s school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Registration underway for 2020-21

Enrollment is underway for new, incoming Chardon Local Schools students for the 2020-21 school year. Parents and guardians are invited to visit the registration page of to initiate the enrollment process for students entering grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in the fall.

At this time, the district is not scheduling in-person appointments for the 2020-21 school year. Chardon schools asks that after completing the online enrollment form, parents and guardians follow the additional instructions on the registration page for using email, fax or regular mail to submit required documents.

Questions regarding enrollment can be directed to Corine Casalina at

During the school closure related to the COVID-19 crisis, Chardon schools Hilltoppers continue to set their minds to great things, like this cardboard roller coaster made by Park Elementary School first-grader Chase Broyles from materials around the house, including paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks and tape. Chase tested the path of his roller coaster using marbles.

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