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
2018 Scholarship Winner
The Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County has awarded their 2018 scholarship to Abby Ruth of Gibsonburg High School. The independent judging panel chose Abby based on the essay she submitted because it was organized with no grammatical or spelling errors, it spoke to the prompt, and had a catchy and interesting introductory paragraph, followed by three separate paragraphs which each told about a benefit of living in Sandusky County. The judges were also impressed by her GPA and the variety of community and school activities with which she is involved.
Abby’s school activities include: volleyball, softball, FFA, Key Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, B.E.A.R.S. Club, Science Club, International Thespian Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, class office, and elementary mentoring. Community activities in which she is involved include: School of Hope movie day, Red Cross Blood Drive, Gibsonburg area Tables of Plenty, Gibsonburg area food pantry, High Street Missionaries, Ten27 Ministries, Shiloh United Methodist Church food booth, and Helena Community Volunteer Fire Department events. Abby also works part-time at P&S Trailer Service and was the 2017 Sandusky County Junior Fair Queen. She plans to attend Wilmington College in the Fall. This is the 11th 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 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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