Community Center gives raises and adds classes

By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

Employees of the Prairie Township Community Center will receive a pay increase, while the center itself continues to grow.

At a recent trustees meeting, the board approved raising the salaries of four part-time employees that met the requirements previously laid out by the board. These requirements included working 936 hours a year or 18 hours a week and receiving a satisfactory annual review.

According to Prairie Township Community Center Director James Gant, the employees received a 3 percent pay increase.

Gant also discussed the small space garden the center has been working on this summer and their plans to offer new classes this fall.

The community center created several small space gardens this summer using two liter bottles and plan to offer a class this fall that discusses the results of these gardens and shows participants how to do this at home.

“This will be a one-time only class and we will be building upon what we learned this summer from doing these types of gardens,” Gant said.

The class will cost $10 and take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.

A few of the items participants will learn to grow include lettuce, hot peppers, oregano, thyme and cilantro.

However, this won’t be the only new class the community center will be offering this fall.

They also will be hosting a Tailgate Tips and Tricks class that will give insight on how to comfortably cheer on your favorite team this football season.

“This class will focus on cooking and simple foods to cook at a tailgate,” Gant said. “With OSU football coming up, we thought this was the perfect class for our community.”

The Tailgate Tips and Tricks class will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sep. 27 at the community center, 5955 W. Broad St.

A few of the other new classes the community center will be offering this fall include a self defense class called Civilian Response to an Active Shooter, which is put on by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and a class called Daddy Do.

“This class is great because it teaches dads how to do their daughter’s hair,” Gant said. “They will learn how to brush their hair, put it in a ponytail and some other basic things.”

Gant said the idea for the class came about after he struggled to do his own daughter’s hair.

“I also thought it was a fun class for a father and daughter to do together,” he added.

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes or learning more about the other classes offered at the center, visit

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