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Open Houses, Orientations, Schedule Pickups

The Lima City Schools will hold open houses and orientation activities at its schools leading up to the first day of school Aug. 17. They are listed below.

Lima Senior High School Schedule Pickup: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8 – Seniors Only

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Juniors Only

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Sophomores Only

Thursday, Aug. 11 – Freshmen Only

Make-up date for all students: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12

Lima Senior Alternative School Schedule Pickup: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

West Middle School Orientation & Schedule Pickup:

7thGrade Orientation: 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.Schedule pickup follows from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

8thGrade Orientation: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Schedule pickup follows from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

An evening option for those who cannot attend the daytime sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.11.

North Middle School Open House and Schedule Pickup: 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

Freedom Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Heritage Elementary School Open House: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Independence Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 16.

Unity Elementary School: Kindergarten Parent Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Open House: 2:45 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Liberty Arts Magnet School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

South Science and Technology Magnet School Open House: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Back to School Celebration, supply give-away Aug. 9

The Lima City Schools will hold its annual Back to School Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth St.

The event will include free school supplies, toiletry items, food, games and other activities. Students are able to select their book bag and then select the school supplies they need.

The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center will have its Abrams Half Pint at the event. Westgate Entertainment will be there with activities, games and chance to win prizes. iHeart Radio will provide music. There will also be community resources and information and giveaways around bike safety and nutrition. The Spartan Health Center will also be at the park, along with the Spartan Face Painters.

The Lima Police will grill hotdogs and the West Ohio Food Bank will have weekend meals to distribute to families.

The district is currently accepting donated school supplies. They can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the district’s Central Services Building, 600 E. Wayne St. Supplies are needed by Aug. 1.

The following are partnering for this year’s event, providing school supplies or food: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution’s Women in Corrections Committee, Altrusa International of Lima, Cenovus Lima Refinery, Charles River Laboratories, Citizens National Bank, Culligan, Dollar General, Grace Community Church, Gordon Food Service, Lima Education Association, Lima Congress of School Administrative Personnel, Lima Community Church, Lima Kiwanis Club and Aktion Club, Lima Memorial Health System, Lima Rotary Club, Mercy Health, Market Street Presbyterian Church, Nickles Bakery, Peacock Water, Reiter Dairy, Rightway Food Service, Trinity United Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Neighborhood Relief, Salvation Army, Sam’s Club, UAW Local 1765 Women’s Committee/Dana, Women’s Committee UAW Local 2075 General Dynamics Land System, eastside Walmart, the Women’s Collective Leadership Group and several individuals who have donated.

This year’s Back to School Celebration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at MLK Park.
Summer lunches begin June 6

The Lima City Schools will again provide free lunches for children this summer 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.

Meals will be available at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 6:

Heritage Elementary School, 816 College Ave.

Independence Elementary School, 615 Tremont Ave.

Unity Elementary School, 925 E. Third St.

Liberty Arts Magnet School, 338 W. Kibby St.

Lunches will be available through Aug. 4.

Food Truck

New this year will be food truck locations for children to pick up meals. Below are the locations and times each day:

Lincoln Park: 11 to 11:20 a.m.

Lima West Apartments: 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.

Brower/Maplewood Apartments: 12 to 12:20 p.m.

Weekend Meals

Through the Governor’s Weekend Meal Program, in partnership with the West Ohio Food Bank, weekend meals will be offered every Thursday during lunches at Heritage, Independence and Liberty. A one-time application is required. It can be completed when families come for meals.

Summer Reading Program to award prizes

The Lima City Schools has kicked off its new summer reading program, but there is still plenty of opportunities for students to sign up.

Students can complete a Bingo card for the chance to win prizes at the end of the summer.

Pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students should have brought home Bingo cards on the last day of school.

They will also be available on the Spartan Ride, which will be out around the community throughout the summer. Cards can also be turned into the Spartan Ride when completed.

The following Spartan Ride stops are planned:

June 7: 11 a.m. at Lincoln Park

June 9: 11:30 West Middle School; noon at the Brower Road Apartments

June 13: 11 a.m. at MLK Park; 11:45 a.m. at Unity Elementary School

June 14: 11 a.m. at Heritage Elementary School; 11:45 a.m. at Independence Elementary School

June 15: 11 a.m. at Liberty Arts Magnet.

Bingo cards can also be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in the main offices at South Science and Technology Magnet School, Lima Senior High School and West Middle School.

The drawing for grand prizes will be held at the district’s Back to School Celebration, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at MLK Park.

The Spartan Ride is an old school bus transformed earlier this school year into a mini-learning center and community resource. The bus is packed with learning materials, Take and Make kits for children, information about school and community resources, books for students and parents and much more.

Pick up your summer reading bingo cards wherever you see the Spartan Ride this summer. Students can also turn cards into the Spartan Ride.
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