Four local businesses recently received congratulatory plaques for their ongoing support of the district.
The Board of Education selected the four to join the statewide "Business Honor Roll," an awards-and-recognition program organized annually by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).
This year’s honorees were Effler/Schmitt Co., Howard Hanna Realty (Tom and Nancy Kabat), JUPMODE, and Sun Federal Credit Union. Superintendent Dr. Kevin S. Miller visited each business to deliver both the plaque and the district's appreciation.
Ottawa Hills Local Schools was one of more than 100 districts who submitted the names of companies to honor.
The awards recognize the collaboration between local public schools and local businesses to strengthen schools and the business community. "Your work has aided this community in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for every child who attends them,” the award resolution states.
This year's recipients help in many ways, including providing internships or job-shadowing programs; volunteering in schools and offering employees time off to volunteer; serving as a mentor or tutor; supporting extracurricular programs; and hosting company tours or sponsoring field trips.
According to OSBA, school-business collaboration creates a win-win situation. Schools receive additional support while students get real-world experience learning from professionals in many fields. Businesses also gain a better understanding of their school systems, and let educators know about the critical workforce skills students need to succeed.