Harrison Hills event a success

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters of the Harrison Hills City School District’s Back To School Kick-Off that was held at the John Stephenson Building at Harrison Central on Aug. 19.

Nearly 1,000 students and their families attended this annual event. This year the Safe Schools Healthy Students team organized a health fair during this event. Information was provided about free smoke detector installation, health and nutrition, drug and alcohol awareness and lice prevention.

The school resource officers through the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department also provided free child identification kits to families.

Students and families enjoyed pizza, drinks and cotton candy funded solely by grants. Carnival inflatable rides and games were also available for family fun.

Participants in the School kick-off and health fair included: Harrison Community Hospital, Ohio State University Extension Office, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Cadiz Fire Department, United Way, Southeast Inc., Department of Job and Family Services, WIC, Help Me Grow, Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Puskarich Public Library, Ohio Coalition for Special Needs Children, Safe Schools Healthy Students Program, Harcatus Head Start, Tri-County Health, Ohio Hills Health Services, Harrison Hills Pentecostal Church, Cadiz Presbyterian Church, Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, Husky Cheer Parents Club and Custer Pharmacy. A very special thank you to Sun Kissed Hair and Day Spa and Class Act Hair Design, which provided free haircuts to 70 students and to Cadiz McDonald’s for the delicious apple slice snacks. This event would not be such a success if not for the support of these partners.

I would like to thank the Harrison Board of Developmental Disabilities staff and clients for assembling the student school supply bags. Also, thank you to Pam Parrish from Harrison Community Hospital for her organization of community partners, and Janet Groome and Joni Tarbert for organization of the health fair. Finally, deep appreciation to the Harrison Hills Board of Education and the Harrison Hills staff members for their continued support of this event. This Back to School Kick-Off is truly an excellent example where the community and school district work together to provide a wonderful event for all.

Dana L. Snider

Superintendent, Harrison

Hills City School District