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2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Highland High School locked down as precaution

GRANGER — Highland High School went into lockdown mode Feb. 11 for about one-half hour as a precautionary measure.

According to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:10 p.m., 24-year old Justin Dixon, of Medina, entered the school and requested a visitor’s pass. He was advised by office personnel the school does not issue visitor passes, at which time he left the building without incident, Sheriff’s Office officials stated.

Within a few minutes, the man was observed on school security cameras attempting to enter the building at the lower level, according to Sheriff’s Office officials. Dixon was denied access by a building employee, according to school officials.

Once the man left the door area, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office was called, and the high school went into lockdown mode as a precautionary measure. Staff and students were given specific instructions to remain in their classrooms until further notice. The school remained in lockdown mode for approximately 30 minutes, according to school officials.

Within 2 minutes of being called, the Sheriff’s Office was on site and located Dixon, who was parked in his car in a lower parking lot. Dixon provided identification and told deputies he was at the school to see a girl he befriended on the Internet, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but deputies were unable to confirm Dixon’s account.

Dixon was placed under arrest for criminal trespassing and transported to the Medina County Jail. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with questions or additional information is asked to contact Capt. David Centner at 330-725-0028.

Area students raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital

BATH/WEST AKRON — Local students are “looting” their family, friends and neighbors of spare change for a good cause, the 2013 “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon benefitting Akron Children’s Hospital. Broadcasting live Feb. 13-15 on 98.1 WKDD, the radiothon is the hospital’s largest fundraiser.

Local students from Bath Elementary School and St. Sebastian School in West Akron are helping to raise funds.

Some 500 Change Bandits donated more than $100,000 of the $644,000 raised during the 2013 radiothon. Of those who participated, more than 90 were schools.

Individual Change Bandits are given a fundraising goal of $100. Change Bandit groups are given a fundraising goal of $250. The money collected by Change Bandits jumpstarts the tote board when the radiothon kicks off Feb. 13.

Since it began in 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon has raised more than $8.3 million to benefit the efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Anyone interested in becoming a Change Bandit can register online at www.akronchildrens.org/forms/change_ban dits.html or fax their name, address and phone number to the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-4335. Change Bandit fundraising kits will be mailed to participants. Change Bandits are sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and Dairy Queen.

The Learning Zone now open when schools close

AKRON — The Salvation Army Learning Zone provides care for children when schools are closed. Beginning this year, The Learning Zone is now open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all snow days, parent teacher conferences, in-service days and most holidays. It is located at 190 S. Maple St.

Children must be preregistered to attend, but do not have to be regular attendees. The cost is $10 per day per child, and Title XX is accepted. Children will participate in art activities, recreational time, cooking activities, computer games, breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. For more information or to register, call Ashley Jones at 330-434-7423.

The Learning Zone is a program of The Salvation Army, Summit County Area Services that introduces art, music and character-building programs along with academic support. Serving around 300 children each year starting at age 18 months, The Leaning Zone seeks to surround parents and families with all of the resources needed for success.

JA hosting high school business strategy competition

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Junior Achievement (JA) of North Central Ohio will host its annual JA Titan Challenge March 21 at The University of Akron’s Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing.

The JA Titan program is an interactive online business simulation that offers young people the chance to learn what it takes to compete in the marketplace and to run a successful business. Teams representing area high schools will compete for the chance to win scholarships and will consist of three student participants under the guidance of a local business mentor.

JA students will spend the day using JA’s Titan simulation program to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business.

Teams are challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales and market share while developing 21st-century skills that range from teamwork and decision-making to problem-solving and critical thinking. Members of the top three performing teams will receive scholarships for post-secondary education in the amounts of $1,300, $300 and $150.

Local schools participating in this year’s challenge include: Archbishop Hoban, Copley, Firestone and Highland high schools and Buchtel Community Learning Center.

Organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring or mentoring a team in this competition may contact Amanda Overton at 330-434-1875, ext. 15, or amanda@jaofnco.org. A free public version of Titan can be accessed at titan.ja.org.

Ariel Hakim and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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