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KILLBUCK -- Learning important life skills through a donation to the school earned Killbuck Elementary School fourth-grader Miley Snow the praise of her principal and the West Holmes School Board at its monthly meeting.
Snow came to the school in the fall with money she raised from a lemonade sale. She wanted to donate the money she earned to the school.
"I wanted to take this time while the board is meeting at Killbuck to recognize her for that," Killbuck Principal Carrie Maltarich said. "She made the donation with no intention of being recognized or getting anything in return.
"Miley is a good leader and sets a good example here at Killbuck," Maltarich added. "She takes pride in her school and community. Those are great life skills to have and I hope you continue those skills. You might not always be recognized for it, but we want to recognize you for it at this time."
West Holmes Superintendent Bill Sterling presented Snow with a certificate honoring her for her example.
In other business before the school board, Board President Brad Welsh reported that the Holmes County Park District has approached the West Holmes School Board to discuss taking over the Big Prairie Lake Park that was left to the West Holmes School District.
"We've owned the land and they've used it basically as a park," Welsh said. "It was donated to the district as part of a larger property to be used as a ball field and things like that.
"We've been approached by the Park District about them acquiring the land so they can obtain grant money to maintain it the way it is," Welsh continued. "The board is not eligible to apply for grants."
Welsh explained that the property has value, but the school district is not interested in paying to maintain the property.
"It doesn't behoove the school district to maintain it, and they've run out of volunteers to take care of it," Welsh added. "There are more volunteer hours needed than there are people willing to maintain it."
The original intent of the donation of the land was for the kids to have it as a park and, if the school district sells it to the Park District at a nominal fee, it would still be a park.
"This way, the original intent of the donation would still be there, and I think that would be in the best interest of kids in the area," Welsh said. "The Park District couldn't just turn around and sell it, so I think that would be in the best interest of everyone. If we can facilitate that, I think it would be great."
The goal is to maintain it without causing a cost to the district, Superintendent Bill Sterling said.
Welsh added that he will maintain contact with the Park District and any further developments will be brought to the board's attention.
The board also approved the donation of 30 Chrome books for classroom use from the Killbuck PTO.
"We certainly appreciate that," Welsh said.
The board also accepted the donation of hats, gloves, scarves and socks from Hopewell Presbyterian Church to all the elementary schools in the district.
"We are surprised by the need and appreciate the willingness to meet that need," Welsh added.
Millersburg Elementary also received an anonymous donation of $250 for the school garden.
"This money is very much appreciated and be used towards new raised beds that will be built in the spring," the president said.