The Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County is a charitable 501(c)(3) entity. Established during the Chamber of Commerce 60th Year Celebration in 2006, the foundation is a vehicle to enhance the quality of life in Sandusky County through the Chamber of Commerce and charitable organizations. Individuals, corporations and organizations wishing to make contributions to address community needs and opportunities can do so through the Chamber’s Foundation.
Chamber Foundation Scholarships
Each year, the Chamber Foundation awards a $1,500 scholarship to one high school senior in Sandusky County. To be eligible for the scholarship you must be a graduating senior residing in Sandusky County, have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and plan to attend a two or four year accredited institution of higher learning.
This year in celebration of Terra State Community College & Vanguard-Sentinel Technology & Careers Centers' 50th anniversaries, we are offering at least one Skilled Trades Scholarship for Vanguard students who plan to attend Terra after graduation.
Chamber Foundation Scholarship Winner
Chamber Foundation Awards Scholarships to Three Fremont Ross Seniors
Jill Simpson, CEO and President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, awarded Chamber Foundation scholarships to three Fremont Ross High School seniors on Thursday, May 16, 2019 during their annual awards night.
Kennedy Leutenegger, of Fremont, was awarded the 2019 Chamber Foundation Scholarship for in the amount of $1,500. Leutenegger has an active high school career at Ross, including Key Club, Marching and Symphonic Bands, Drama Club and National Honor Society. She has also been involved in the community by volunteering at the local food pantry and Campfire Sandusky County as a group leader. She currently works at Terra State Community College as an Academic Service Center Receptionist. Leutenegger plans on attending Kent State University in the fall.
The 2019 Chamber Foundation Skilled Trades Scholarships were awarded to Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers students who are planning to attend Terra State Community College and major in skilled trades programs or local high demand fields of work. These scholarships were in celebration of the 50th anniversary of VSCTC and Terra State Community College.
Simpson, along with Cate & Daryl Knipp of Knipp Farms, presented Karli Stearns a $1,000 Skilled Trades Scholarship sponsored by Knipp Farms. Stearns, who is currently enrolled at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, will be enrolling at Terra State Community College in the fall, majoring in an agricultural field. She is currently a member of the Fremont FFA and LINK. She accredits her interest in agriculture to growing up on a farm and her numerous years involved in FFA and 4-H.
Sara Hrynciw was awarded a $1,000 Skilled Trades Scholarship by Simpson. This scholarship was sponsored by Bethesda Care Center, Volunteers of America. Hrynciw is also a current student at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers and will enroll at Terra State Community College in the fall for nursing. During her time at Fremont Ross and Vanguard, she has been involved in volleyball, LINK and SkillsUSA. She also has helped with Special Olympics, the Downtown Farmers’ Markets and is a YMCA 5th grade volleyball coach.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®
This event is FREE for all children, whether they live on a farm or not, ages 8 to 13 in Sandusky County and the parents also are welcome to attend. This is a fun-filled morning of learning about various types of safety that can be applied to any type of home. Our next Safety Day is Saturday, March 30th at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technologies Center. Check out our events calendar to fill out your release and consent form!
At our 2018 Safety Day, in our Lawn & Garden Safety session, the presenter gave all the kids safety glasses to take home with them after going over why it was important to wear them. One child went up to the presenter at the end of the session and asked for an additional pair to take home for his dad so that he could be safe as well.
REACH Career Education Program
REACH Career Education Program
REACH, sponsored by The Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County, is now in its sixteenth year. It is designed to introduce area upper-elementary school students to the “world of work” by providing Instructors from Chamber member businesses who visit schools on a monthly basis to discuss the types of jobs available at their companies and to present lessons designed to encourage them to develop life skills that will assist in preparing them to join the workforce in the future.
Instructors utilize a curriculum book developed by the education department of The Ohio State University – Marion to present a series of lessons, reinforced by hands-on activities that include, as a highlight, a visit to the Instructor’s place of business.
Some 9,000 fourth and fifth grade students throughout Sandusky County have benefited from the REACH program since its launch in seven classrooms at Green Springs School in 2003. For the 2018-2019 school year over 1,025 students in 45 classrooms in 15 schools are being “reached” by Instructors from 33 businesses!
To learn more about becoming a classroom instructor or REACH sponsor, contact Kyleigh Lash at the Chamber office at 419.332.1591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REACH Lesson Topics
- Exploring the World of Work
- In the Workplace
- Jobs That Match My Talents and Interests
- Habits and Attitudes That Make Good Workers
- Teamwork and Interdependence
- Review and Wrap-Up
2018-2019 REACH Business and Education Partners
Clyde/Green Springs School: 7 fourth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Anjulina's Catering and Banquet Hall, Croghan Colonial Bank, Edward Jones, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Impact Credit Union, and Whirlpool/Clyde Div.
Fremont City Schools:
Atkinson Elementary School:2 fifth-grade classrooms:
Business Partners: Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont and Fremont Federal Credit Union
Croghan Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Style Crest and Wendy's Restaurant
Hayes Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums and Valley View Health Campus
Lutz Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partner: Motion Control Robotics, Inc. (2 classrooms)
Otis Elementary School: 2 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Diversified Graphics
Stamm Elementary School: 3 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Green Bay Packaging, Huntington Bank and Time Staffing
Washington Elementary School: 1 fifth-grade classroom
Business Partner: Century Die Company
Old Fort Elementary School: 2 fourth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Camp Fire Sandusky County and Old Fort Banking Company
Sacred Heart School: 2 fifth grade classroom
Business Partners: Fremont Federal Credit Union and Ohio State University Extension - Sandusky County
Woodmore Elementary School: 3 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Fremont Federal Credit Union, Luckey Farmers, Inc. and Martin-Marietta Magnesia Specialties
Hilfiker Elementary School: 3 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Reino Linen Service, Sandusky County Parks District and Terra State Community College
Lakota Middle School: 4 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Freeman Company, Mid-Wood, Inc., Terra State Community College and Vanguard Career & Technology Center
Bellevue Elementary School: 6 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Croghan Colonial Bank, The Bellevue Hospital, Hueter Toledo, Inc., Iron Workers Local Union No.55, Whirlpool/Clyde Div., and The Willows of Bellevue
Margaretta Elementary School: 2 fourth grade classrooms
Business Partners: The Bellevue Hospital, The Willows at Bellevue
2018-2019 REACH Financial Partners
- Bemis, Inc.
- Croghan Colonial Bank
- Freeman Company
- Fremont Federal Credit Union
- Huntington Bank
- Impact Credit Union
- Kenneth G. Myers Construction Co., Inc.
- Reino Linen Service
- Sandusky County Human Resource Management Association
- Style Crest, Inc.
- Unique Fabrications, Inc.
- United Way of Sandusky County (REACH is a United Way supported program)
- Woodbridge Corporation
REACH in Action
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