Ottawa County celebrates parents week

Ottawa County celebrated Parents’ Week with a Kickoff Breakfast in Port Clinton on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with 120 community members attending.

The event was sponsored by Family & Children First Council and made possible by the generous donations of Materion, Inc., US Gypsum and OSU Extension, Ottawa County. The Ottawa County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 14-Oct. 20 as “You Gotta Love Parents” week in Ottawa County.
Judge Kathleen L. Giesler of the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Courts is the spokesperson for Parent’s Week and emphasized the wonderful job parents and caregivers do with raising the children in our community. Judge Giesler also shared comical bits from what 4th graders throughout the county said in their essays and letters about their parents. 
Judge Giesler visited 24 fourth grade classes this fall to talk about Parents’ Week in Ottawa County and explain the Fourth Grade Writing Contest. Fourth graders were given the opportunity to write a 100-word essay about what makes a great parent or a letter to their parents telling them why they are special.
The winners of the contests, as well as their families, were recognized at the Kickoff Breakfast.  
Winners include: 
Mark Leo Phillips III, Elayna Krupp, Alexis Minney, Haylie Sewel, Hannah Cross and Sarah Webb from Jefferson School, Port Clinton;
Greta Bauder, Mya Pauken, Olivia Heidebrink and Brooke Allen from Woodmore Elementary School;
Caitlin Cruikshank, Tommy Giles, Taylor Simmons and Brad Hanley from Genoa Elementary School;
Grace Johnson from St. Boniface School, Oak Harbor;
Nora Ladd from Put-In-Bay School;
Adrianna Hummel from Immaculate Conception School, Port Clinton;
Nathan Dress and Brooklyn Wilson from Danbury Local Schools;
Tyiesha Robinson, Isaac Wonderly, Selena Luna, Jared Goetz, Wyatt Miller and Trinity Anderson from Oak Harbor Middle School.
The winning essays may be viewed at the Juvenile Court’s website: 
Each winner received a bag of prizes donated from local businesses.  Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse, Monsoon Lagoon Water Park, Island Adventures Fun Center, Pizza Hut and African Lion Safari Wildlife Park donated the grand prizes for winners in the drawings.
Magical entertainer Greg Carson provided entertainment for the morning.

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