Staff Writer

Findlay City Schools teachers have received 10 grants totaling $43,469 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

The Findlay school board heard about the projects that will be funded by the grants at its Monday meeting.

Several will be used to bring artists, authors and a musician to schools.

At the high school, a computer lab will become a makerspace, an area where students can use technology such as 3D printers to create things.

A separate grant will fund a student effort to design and sell a product made with Glowforge, a 3D laser printer that can cut and engrave various materials.

Whittier Primary and Wilson Vance Intermediate schools, which are attended by English as a Second Language students, received funding to buy updated books about other countries, a current globe (without the USSR), graphic novels with English words and Japanese art, and Japanese and Spanish translations of books originally printed in English.

The grants are mostly from the Barton and Josephine Wilson Fund for Education, with one from the M. Margaret Foster Education Fund.

Another grant will cover the cost of 36 Spheros — ball-shaped robots — for the high school and Jefferson Primary School.

Separately, junior Braden Richards made a presentation to the board about the results of a survey about safety conducted by students in an Advanced Placement English class.

Students feel safe in the library and English wing, due in part to the comforting presence of librarians and English teachers, he said. Similarly, areas for band, art and choir were safe because they are activities pursued with friends.

Richards said the parking lot can be unsafe due to students speeding or doing donuts, and it could be better lit. Six accidents happened one icy morning, he said.

Students noted the breezeway and cafeteria are loud and sometimes large groups congregate there.

Also, security could check non-student visitors in this area better, students said. Richards said his mother was once allowed in without being checked.

Bathrooms were considered unsafe, and loud because of the electric dryers that can disrupt nearby classrooms.

“You’ve definitely heard of the problem of Juuling going on in the bathrooms, as well as just overall not good things,” Richards said.

The main office could be improved if the counseling areas and disciplinary areas were better separated, he said.

In other business, the board approved travel to Findlay’s Japanese sister city, Kawaguchi, in June for Findlay High School Assistant Principal Mike Leddy, FHS counselor Ursulla Jefferson and Whittier Primary School Principal Kelly Stahl.

Two students from Japan will attend Findlay High School next school year. FHS will start sending students to Japan in the 2020-2021 school year.

Also traveling in June will be Millstream teachers Mike Magnes and Craig Perry with four students to the Skills USA national competition.

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