Junction Auto Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Chardon High School alumna Heather Warren of Chardon Township. Warren is the grand prize winner of Chardon Athletics’ much-anticipated Junction Auto Family car raffle.
The car raffle, spearheaded and generously funded by Junction Auto Family in support of a new scoreboard for Chardon Memorial Field, launched in October and concluded with a drawing during halftime at Chardon’s varsity basketball game on Feb. 5.
As grand prize winner, Warren took home a brand new 2020 GMC Terrain valued at over $29,000, while second-place winner Magdalene Giorgi of Chardon received $500. Both randomly drawn names were announced during the Feb. 5 game, winners were notified by phone, and the news was shared to the Chardon Athletics Twitter page that evening.
Following the Feb. 19 signing of notarized papers at the board office with Chardon Schools Treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster, Warren received the keys to her brand new car and a photo opportunity with Junction Auto Family Vice-President Cliff Babcock, Chardon board president Madelon Horvath, and Chardon Schools administrative members, including Armbruster, Superintendent Mike Hanlon, Chardon Athletics Director Doug Snyder and Chardon High School Principal Doug Murray.
“When I ordered the tickets for the raffle, I knew that the money was going for a great cause,” said Warren in a Feb. 23 email to the district. “The scoreboard definitely needs replacing, and I figured I would put a little money towards it. I never thought I would win. When I got the phone call from Doug Snyder, my family and I could not believe it! Thank you Junction Auto and Chardon Schools for such an amazing prize. I am loving my new car.”
Chardon Athletics Director Doug Snyder publicly expressed his gratitude to the community and Junction Auto Family via a letter emailed to all ticket holders on Feb. 11.
“We are thankful for your support of this extraordinary fundraiser that was made possible by the immense generosity of Junction Auto Family and are pleased to report that 1,620 raffle tickets were sold,” wrote Snyder. “This successful outcome occurred solely because of your participation, and we are grateful for this outpouring we received from the community.”
Snyder added that as a result of the fundraiser’s success, Chardon Athletics looks forward to proceeding with plans for a new scoreboard this year.
“We invite you to stay tuned to our 2021 board meetings via our BOE Boxcast Channel as plans for the scoreboard are initiated later this year,” wrote Snyder. “Likewise, we hope you’ll follow the Chardon Athletics Twitter page and Chardon Athletics website to stay up on the latest news and highlights from the department.”
The community is invited to follow the Chardon Athletics Twitter page identified by the @toppernation handle and the Chardon Athletics website at chardonathletics.org.
District Releases Quality Profile
As a member of The Alliance for High Quality Education, Chardon Local Schools, along with more than 85 other school districts throughout Ohio, annually publishes a comprehensive, community-oriented companion report to the State’s School District Report Card. This report, called a Quality Profile, captures the many examples of school, student and staff successes and learning opportunities that do not appear on the State assessments.
On Feb. 24, Chardon Schools released its 30-page, data- and photo-filled Quality Profile in digital format, a report that provides an overview of a myriad of highlights and data from the 2019-20 school year. Academics, visual and performing arts, athletics, extracurriculars, student services, community service projects, community and family involvement, and financial information are all shared within the Quality Profile to characterize the overall value of a Chardon Schools education in areas that matter most to the community.
District Communications Director Kelly Misch explained that the Quality Profile report is traditionally written each summer and published in the fall, a project delving into the many accomplishments and experiences from the school year that concluded in the spring.
“Due to the extra planning time needed for reopening schools this past fall, the AHQE polled school districts on whether we would like the publication date pushed back,” said Misch. “The majority vote was for publication to be delayed until early 2021. We have certainly felt thankful to AHQE for this extension that was granted last summer as we allocated our Chardon communications resources to school reopening plans for the fall while knowing there would be some time later on to ensure the precision our annual Quality Profile deserves.”
Misch added that the district hopes in the future to also make a print version of subsequent Quality Profile editions, a format that could be mailed to the community and therefore reach more residents.
“The Quality Profile is a comprehensive tool for sharing the district’s full quality story with our stakeholders, and it’s been helpful to learn that many Ohio school districts routinely print their reports and mail them to their respective communities each year,” said Misch. “We understand that not everyone in the community has digital access and therefore learning about our schools through our website, social media platforms, electronic newsletters and media releases may not be an option for some. And so the goal of transforming our traditionally digital Quality Profile into an accessible-to-all resource each year is definitely on our horizon.”
In the meantime, for those who do have digital access, the newly released 2019-20 Chardon Schools Quality Profile can be accessed by visiting the Communications page under the Departments tout at chardonschools.org.
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