Relay For Life raises $65,000
The second annual Relay For Life event went off without a hitch on Friday evening and raised over $65,000 for cancer research. “We still have three weeks to take donations,” said co-chair Ted O’Connor. He added that anyone who wishes to contribute can go to the website www.oakwoodrelay.com. 26 separate teams of companies, families and friends totaling over 1,000 participants began a relay walk around the track at Mack Hummon Field on Friday evening. Kids were kept happy with an inflatable maze and jump house. A lumineria display in honor of those who have passed away from cancer was also present. A large number of participants camped out on the field and the event ended a little early with a 10:30 a.m. cloudburst on Saturday. Also co-chairing the event was founding member Michael Vanderburgh.
4 teachers hired for new school year
Among grade-level teachers is Katherine Herms who is assigned to third grade at Smith Elementary School. Herms is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville, and has previously taught both second and third grade.
Also new is Melissa Brinn, who will teach fifth grade at Smith Elementary. She is a graduate of Wright State University, and has previously taught junior high math and science.
Cara Leedy joins the faculty as an intervention specialist at the senior high school. She is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of Dayton, and has eight years experience in special education.
Denise Gordon is employed as a Title I reading teacher at Smith Elementary. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, Sierra Nevada College and Walden University, and has nine years experience as a reading specialist and first grade teacher.
Teaching art at the junior high school will be retiree/rehiree Thomas Griffith, who has been teaching art at Oakwood for 37 years.
Also new to the staff is Rande Chapman as alumni director, effective July 1.
Also commended was Mark Hughes, district director of athletics and student activities, for being named president of the Southwest District Athletic Board.
Among legislation, the school board approved the following:
The school board will hold its next regular meeting Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the central office.
July 15, 2008
Volume 17, No. 29