Groveport Madison Schools get Breakfast and Beyond award
The Groveport Madison School District was recognized by the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge as a 2021 Super Star Award winner for its approach to maximize participation in meal programs, ensuring all students have access to school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, Governor Mike DeWine closed all Ohio schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Groveport Madison transitioned to virtual instruction for students’ academic needs, but realized families could not access district-provided breakfasts and lunches for their children with schools closed. The district’s food services department developed a plan for distributing Grab & Go meals at seven schools and eight community-based locations, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Later it offered evening meal service from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
In June 2020, the district teamed up with Groveport Madison Human Needs to continue Grab & Go meal service throughout the summer. As a result of these efforts, participation increased by 360 meals per day over last year’s participation rates.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized for what we truly considered was ‘just doing the right thing,” said Groveport Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “With many families in our school district qualifying for free or reduced-price meals, we knew that many children would go hungry if we didn’t help them. I commend our food services director, Dan Magee, our food services staff, Petermann Transportation, and Groveport Madison Human Needs for working together to address this dire need. They are truly deserving of this honor.”
Easter Bunny is coming!
Due to the current state of affairs surrounding COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Groveport does not feel that it is safe to run a traditional “Easter Egg Hunt.” However, the Groveport Recreation and Community Affairs departments did make arrangements for The Bunny to be at Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road, for a hop-thru (drive-thru) event on March 28 from 1-3 p.m. Kids age 12 and under will receive a small bag of candy, a take-home arts and crafts project and a coloring contest page. Bring your camera and snap a photo of the The Bunny. This event is free and for Groveport residents only. Register by March 19 at the Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, or at www.groveportrec.com. Call 614-836-1000 for information.
Costs of snow removal
City of Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr said, so far this winter, the cost to the city for paying its employees for snow removal is $105,704. He said about 800 tons of road salt has been used at a cost of $57,133.
Water and sewer payments
City of Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr said, as of the city’s recent water and sewer billings, there were 400 late payments. Of these, 150 were for water and sewer and 250 were for stormwater. There were 10 water shut off notices issued. Thirty customers applied for hardship status.
Church and Elm streets
Wondering why Church Street was blocked at Elm Street? According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, the street was blocked temporarily due to a water line break. The hole was patched with gravel until better weather arrived for paving.