Swanton Lions Club donates to esports program

By Jacob Toeppe - For the Enterprise

The Swanton Lions Club donated $2,500 to local schools at this month’s Swanton Board of Eduaction meeting.

“We are donating a check for $1,500 to the esports program,” Bill O’connell told the board on behalf of the Lions Club, “We are still committed to the esports program.”

He also announced that the club will be donating $1,000 to the elementary school.

Former Swanton student Mark Butler went to the board with a preposition of himself to be an alumni speaker to current students.

Butler began attending school in Swanton in 1963, and went on to become the first African-American police officer in Fulton County. He said he wants to reach students who may not know what they want from their futures, and may even be struggling with where they are now.

He admitted that he was not the greatest nor the worst student himself. “I was just an average student with a big heart,” he told the board, “I want to speak to those students like me.”

He said he wants to help give students a clear direction to follow as well as inform them that their job learning is never over. “Learning is continuous.”

During his report to the board, Superintendent Chris Lake spoke of the district’s vision.

“After countless conversations with principals, staff, parents and students I have put together what I feel is a realistic and achievable vision that will help us to complete our mission of providing a superior educational experience,” said Lake’s report to the board. “I have worked to align my vision with the Ohio Department of Education’s ‘Each Child Our Future’ strategic plan which seeks to increase the number of kids who are prepared to take the next steps after school to be productive citizens.”

His vision is to includes preparing students for the new reality of post high school opportunities which not only includes college, but also a wide variety of career choices that only require a high school diploma and a willingness to be a life-long learner.

Lake also spoke of volunteering and being involved in the community.

“We want to promote volunteering,” he said. Lake went on to say that active work in society will help prepare students for life after high school. “We want our kids to be fully, fully prepared.”

Additional parking spaces will be added to the middle school and elementary school parking lots, with the low bid presented to the board Wednsday.

The drainage issue behind the middle school is being looked into.

The Swanton band will be taking a trip to Disneyland in Florida, where they will march in the Disney Parade and be given the opportunity to work with Disney musicians.

The resignation of Swanton School Board member Autumn Adams was approved.

By Jacob Toeppe

For the Enterprise

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