Lakota parents looking for busing solutions can have their problems solved before July 14.
A new alternative for parents looking for rides for children both to and from school exists in the form of a new private alternative as reported this week by Tiffany Teasley of Fox 19 News. Football hero and alum Troy Evans is creating a service for both the entire Lakota School District and private school students. For prices ranging from $60 per month for one child to $150 per month for 3 children, parents can arrange daily rides for their students. To obtain more information on the service, contact lbsbusing.com. Sign up is available until July 14, 2011.
Lakota East and Freshman Schools high school students can walk across the street to a no cost teen center. The Edge Teen Center has been around for about two and a half years and is locatedat 7568 Wyandot Lane, in Middletown. Children grades 9-12 can visit the center Monday through Friday from 2-6pm during the school year. The center opens on Lakota’s first day of school. The center is also offering hours during the summer on Wednesdays from 5pm-9pm. The center opens for special events at varying hours during specified weekends.
The Edge offers an adult supervised place for high schoolers to go after school. The Edge’s Manager, Rachel Ryan says that, while supervised by adults, the center runs on the power of its teen participants saying,“(The Edge) provides students leadership skills in training with planning events, and running the cafe. They learn skills doing hands on work rather than through a speaker speaking to them.” Ms. Ryan talks about the mission of the center really getting to know the kids by saying, “All high school students want people to know them and love them, and we exist to do just that.”
Other exciting things offered by The Edge are help to students in earning community service hours and special events . The Edge’s Community Relations Director, Steve Holt explains that through a grant from Arington Foundation, the Center heads up a community service program with verification of community hours served by center participant teens. The center has a van for transportation and the hours can be used for school credit for community service hours required by government classes. Additionally, Mr. Holt explains,“We have also networked with several social services agencies to provide community services hours for: Whiz Kids, Middletown Food Market, Hope House Rescue Mission and are working on a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Liberty Campus.”For questions, contact Community Service Coordinator Molly Hare at [email protected] Ryan highlights chaperoned teen events held on weekends during the school year such as a Halloween Dance, Open Mic Nights, and a spring dance held at the center. For more information on the Edge Teen Center go to edgeteencenter.com/Events.aspx.
Whatever the option, Lakota District families need to make some active decision as school starts district (grades 1-12)-wide on August 25.