Area briefs

Schools plan open houses

• PLEASANT HILL — Newton Local Schools will hold an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 20 to the community to visit the school district’s facility. This will be an opportunity to meet the teachers as well as become acquainted with the school’s facilities.

The athletic department will hold a mandatory student/parent athletic pre-season meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high gym.

Newton’s first day of school is Monday, Aug. 24.

• COVINGTON — The Covington Elementary open house will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, .

Students will be able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers before the first day of school. Children will be able to take home handbooks and forms that parents can read through and return to school the following week. Representatives from the PTO, the volunteer organization, school transportation, PLUS organization, and cafeteria will provide important information in the gymnasium.

Fee payments will be accepted during the open house. New student registration will not take place during the open house.

School staff will be on hand to answer any additional questions.

Martins speak on reading program

TROY — The Troy Noon Optimist Club met for its weekly meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 and had a presentation by Ethan and Ali Martin, natives of Troy, about their new passion — Reading for Change.

Reading for Change was created in May 2015 by the husband and wife team. The program is the brainchild of Ali, an elementary school teacher, whose passion for children extends far beyond the classroom. Ali dedicated her formative years to serving children in need in some of the city’s elementary schools. She continued this service in college where she graduated with her degree in elementary education. In her first few years of teaching, the needs of her students challenged her to seek out the very best strategies for improving literacy. Through her research and experience, Ali has tailored elements of numerous literacy programs, and various techniques, and meshed them into one curriculum.

She said she is called to share her talents to reach as many students as possible, and offer them a program and facility where they feel loved, respected, challenged and successful.

Reading for Change has teamed up with Partners in Hope to provide and assist in literacy tutoring, tailored for elementary students in grades first through third. Their motto is: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!”

The Troy Noon Optimist Club has been supporting the youth of Troy for 59 years.

Train ride event offered

BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroad Museum will offer an L & M Pumpkin Train Ride in October. Participants will travel via motor coach to Lebanon leaving at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 from the Bradford Railroad Museum.

Those attending will experience a one hour train ride with a stop over at Schappacher Farm to enjoy a corn maze, pumpkin patch and petting zoo. The train will return to Bradford at approximately 6 p.m.

Adults are $65 and children $55. Make checks payable to Bradford Railroad Museum and mail to Sue Vickroy, 312 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, OH 45308.

For more information, contact Vickroy at (937) 448-2844 or Gloria Shafer at (937) 448-2185