Five Lakota Schools Receive ODE Momentum Award

Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2019. Additionally, two schools received both the All A Award and Overall A Award. This annual recognition is given to districts or schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. In order to receive the Momentum Award, a school or district must have received A’s on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. In addition, winners of the award must also have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, including gifted, lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities. Lakota is one of only 48 districts in the State to receive this distinction. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lakota has earned this award. Endeavor Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lakota East High School, and Lakota West High School are receiving the notable recognition for the third time and Independence Elementary for the second. Congratulations on these achievements!

Lindner Center of HOPE Announces Community Education Series

Lindner Center of HOPE has released the 2020 schedule for their Free Community Education Series offered with the support of the Manor House in Mason. The series will cover a variety of topics chosen to increase community awareness of mental health, substance use disorders, treatment and strategies for coping. The first session in 2020 of the free series is February 19, 2020. Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, Lindner Center of HOPE Staff Psychologist and Clinical Director of Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Adult Eating Disorder Services, will present “Helping Your Loved One with an Eating Disorder.” This session will cover identifying signs and symptoms of eating disorders, challenging myths about eating disorders and identifying strategies for support. The series is held at Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Mason at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of every other month. Other topics for the series include:  Ecotherapy for Wellness; What is OCD and How is it Treated?; Helping Teens Become Healthy Young Adults and more. Visit their website to register for free or to see the schedule.

First Graders Raise Money to Combat Homelessness

Big results can come from some of the youngest learners. While learning about community and helping others, first-graders at Heritage ECS decided to join forces and help a community organization right here in Butler County. The students worked hard to create items to sell at a Marketplace they hosted in late 2019. The money raised was donated to Family Promise, a non-profit organization that helps people who are homeless in Butler County. While some students thought they raised $40 or maybe even $100, they found out at the end of the event that they actually raised nearly $2,400. Congratulations on your generosity and hard work, Heritage first-graders!

Local Youth Soccer Brings Home a Victory

A local boys soccer team from Top Notch Youth Soccer Training traveled to Memphis, Tennessee at the end of 2019 and competed at the 3v3 soccer National Championships. The team of 9-year-olds won in their U10 (under ten) division, with three of the team members attending Lakota Local Schools. All team members are in 3rd or 4th grade. Congratulations to everyone involved with the big win!

Thanks for Voting in the Readers’ Choice Awards!

From all of us at West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Magazine, thank you for voting for your local favorites in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards! We received more than 4000 individual votes, showing us all your most trusted companies and organizations in the area. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the results with you this month. We rely on you all for our knowledge of the local scene, and we appreciate your enthusiastic support.

Dudukovich Named to All-America Team

Kailyn Dudukovich, a junior at Lakota West, was named to the United Soccer Coaches High School Girls All-America Team. She is one of only 59 girls in the country to receive this honor. Dudukovich will travel to Baltimore to be recognized at the All-America Ceremony & Reception. Dudukovich helped cinch the state championship for the Lakota West Girls Soccer team with 13 seconds left on the clock. The team defeated Whitehouse Anthony Wayne to earn the title. Congratulations, Lakota West Girls Soccer and Kailyn!

Charter School, El-Sewedy Academy, Receives Generous Donation

El-Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati, a local charter school, was selected as the recipient of a $5000 technology donation of Dell computers on behalf of the local Microsoft store and Intel. This past summer, the school purchased new computers from Microsoft for teachers to use in the classroom through a generous donation from an International Academy family. When Microsoft representatives won a contest themselves, they chose the school to receive this technology donation. Microsoft presented the school with a check for the computers and cookies for students and teachers. Learn more about El-Sewedy International Academy at their open house on February 23 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.