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Back to School Celebration, School Supply Give-Away set for Aug. 10

The Lima City Schools is excited to announce that its full Back to School Celebration and School Supply Give-Away will return this summer.

The event is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 10, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth St.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the district to forgo the usual event last year. Instead school supplies were distributed to families in a drive-thru fashion.

This year’s event at the park will include school supplies, food, games and other activities.

The district is currently organizing partners to donate school supplies and other things for the event. Anyone interested in getting involved, should call 419-996-3411.

Alumni Hall of Fame inductions coming in September

The next induction into the Lima City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is coming this fall.

The following people will be inducted at a special dinner Thursday, Sept. 30.

  • Melvin Glover, Lima Senior Class of 1994
  • Jeremy Heffner, Lima Senior Class of 1998
  • Kevin Hooker, Lima Senior Class of 1998
  • Robert Long, Lima Senior Class of 1968
  • Jessika Phillips, Lima Senior Class of 2000
  • Charles Smith, Lima Senior Class of 1990
  • Merlin Szasz, South Class of 1954 – posthumously
  • Judge RicKard Workman, Lima Senior Class of 1965
  • Lima Kiwanis Club, “Service to Lima City Schools” honorary member

The induction ceremony will be held Sept. 30 in the commons area of Lima Senior High School. The night will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The student-run Spartan Inn will prepare the meal.

The cost of the dinner is $25. Tickets can be purchased starting now online at or beginning Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Arts and Magnet Office at the Earl McGovern Education Center, 755 St. John’s Avenue. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 419-996-3435. Purchased tickets can be pick up beginning Aug. 9 at South or at the event. No tickets will be sold the night of the banquet.

The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the Spartan Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 1. Lima Senior takes on Whitmer at 7 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

The Hall of fame honors alumni who have received local, state or national recognition for achievements in their occupational fields, made significant contributions to society, or performed meritorious service to our country. The first graduates were inducted in 1987. A new class is inducted every three years.

The Hall of Fame also serves as a living example for current students and the community of the caliber of accomplished graduates who have come from the Lima City Schools. The inductees will spend time in the school with students earlier in the day of the induction.

Watch Graduation, Convocation ceremonies

Lima Senior High School’s Convocation and Commencement exercises are coming soon, with both again being livestreamed via the internet.

People can get to the livestream through the district’s website at The links will also be available on district social media pages.

Watch Convocation here:

Watch Commencement here:

Convocation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Lima Senior gymnasium. Students will receive scholarships from various community organizations, LSH graduating classes, businesses, families and other entities. Many of the scholarships are a surprise to students. The event usually concludes in about two hours.

Graduation will begin at 11.30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in Spartan Stadium. If weather is an issue, the ceremony will be moved into the high school gymnasium.

This year’s Valedictorian is Seth Jones. The Salutatorian is Josephine Williams. Both will speak during the ceremony.

Summer Lunch Program begins June 1

The Lima City Schools will again provide free lunches for children over the summer months through the Summer Food program.

Children and teens between the ages of one and 18 qualify for the summer meals. Children do not have to attend the Lima City Schools to get the lunches.

Some of the locations will serve hot meals in the schools (pick-up not available), while some others will be pick-up only. The pick-up meals will include two breakfast and two lunches.

Meals will be available at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 1:

North Middle School: Pick-up only Mondays and Wednesdays until July 30

Freedom Elementary School: Pick-up only Mondays and Wednesdays until July 30

Independence Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until July 30.

Liberty Arts Magnet School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until July 30.

Heritage Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 5.

Unity Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 5.

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