The Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County is a charitable 501c3 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.
REACH Career Education Program
REACH Career Education Program
REACH, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, is now in its fifthteenth year. It is designed to introduce area upper-elementary school students to the “world of work” by providing Consultants from Business Partner Chamber members 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.
Consultants 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 Business Partner’s place of business.
Some 8,000 fourth and fifth grade students throughout Sandusky County have benefitted from the REACH program since its launch in seven classrooms at Green Springs School in 2003. For the 2017-2018 school year over 975 students in 41 classrooms in 14 schools are being “reached” by Consultants from 27 Business Partners!
To learn more about becoming a classroom consultant or financial partner, contact Jim Miranda at the Chamber office at 419.332.1591 or email@example.com.
Chamber Foundation Scholarship
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. Students should complete and return the application to The Chamber of Commerce, 215 Croghan St., Fremont, OH 43420. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.
2017 Scholarship Winner
The Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County has awarded their 2017 scholarship to RaeAnna Harner of Lakota High School. The independent judging panel chose Harner based on the essay she submitted because it spoke to the prompt which was to describe at least three ways that living in Sandusky County has benefitted her life thus far. The title, “What Sandusky County Means to Me” was perfect for her heartfelt writing. It had a good introduction as well as a good conclusion, and it followed all the criteria listed. The judges were also impressed by the number of extracurricular activities she is involved with while working and that she is still ranked number 1 in her class with a 4.0 GPA.Those activities include: Band-First Chair and Flute Section Leader, Varsity Cheerleading-Captain for 2 years, Student Council-Vice President Senior Year, Yearbook, National Honor’s Society-President, HOBY Representative, and Principal’s Advisory Council. Community Activities that she is involved in include: Rock the Youth Ministries class leader, Good Shepherd Nursing Home-BINGO Night Volunteer, and Project MORE-volunteer reading program for younger kids. She is a Crew Leader at McDonald’s and a Hostess at KemoSabes Roadhouse Grill. RaeAnna will be attending The University of Findlay in the Fall, majoring in Sonography. This is the 10th year in a row that the Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County has been able to award a scholarship to a graduating senior from Sandusky County. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of local businesses that support various events that are sponsored by the Chamber Foundation, which is the non-profit side of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County.
Progressive Ag Safety Day
This event is FREE for children 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 on the farm.
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
- Equal Opportunity
- Teamwork and Interdependence
- Making Decisions
- Review and Wrap-Up
2017-2018 REACH Business and Education Partners
Clyde/Green Springs School: 7 fourth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont (2 classrooms), Whirlpool/Clyde Div., Impact Credit Union, Fremont Federal Credit Unionl and Croghan Colonial Bank (2 classrooms)
Fremont City Schools:
Atkinson Elementary School:2 fifth-grade classrooms:
Business Partners: Fremont Federal Credit Union and Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont
Croghan Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms:
Business Partners: Wendy's Restaurant and Style Crest
Hayes Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Valley View Health Campus and Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums
Lutz Elementary School: 2 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partner: Century Die Co. and Croghan Colonial Bank
Otis Elementary School: 2 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County and Anjulina's Catering & Banquet Hall
Stamm Elementary School: 3 fifth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: Motion Control Robotics, LLC, Time Staffing and Green Bay Packaging
Washington Elementary School: 1 fifth-grade classroom
Business Partner: Yeagle Faems
Old Fort Elementary School: 2 fourth-grade classrooms
Business Partners: North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Old Fort Banking Company
Sacred Heart School: 2 fifth grade classroom
Business Partners: Fremont Federal Credit Union and Ohio State University Extention-Sandusky County
Woodmore Elementary School: 3 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Luckey Farmers, Inc., Martin-Marietta Magnesia Specialties and Fremont Federal Credit Union
Hilfiker Elementary School: 4 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Reino Linen Service, Sandusky County Auditor and Terra State Community College
Lakota Middle School: 4 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Vanguard/Sentinal Career Center, Mid-Wood, Inc. Terra State Community College and Freeman Company
Bellevue Elementary School: 6 fifth grade classrooms
Business Partners: Janotta & Herner, Croghan Colonial Bank, Heuter Toledo, The Bellevue Hospital, The Willows of Bellevue, Whirlpool/Clyde Div.
2017-2018 REACH Financial Partners
- Alkon Corporation
- Bemis, Inc.
- Croghan Colonial Bank
- Flex-TempEmployments Service, Inc.
- Freeman Company
- Fremont Federal Credit Union
- Impact Credit Union
- Kenneth G. Myers Construction Co., Inc.
- Reino Linen Service
- Sandusky County Human Resource Management Association
- Style Crest, Inc.
- The Fremont Company
- Unique Fabrications, Inc.
- United Way of Sandusky County (REACH is a United Way supported program)
- Woodbridge Corporation
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