What’s Briefly Happening in the Toledo Area: Spring 2024

Two people sitting with a dog.

Nicky’s Snack Shack opens at Woodland Elementary

Woodland Parents’ Club recently dedicated a snack shack at Woodland Elementary School to Nicole Hancock who passed away last summer. Hancock was Woodland Parent Club President since 2021-22. Through “Nicky’s Snack Shack,” snacks will be available for any student who needs one. The Club chose to name the snack shack after her because she was a health and nutrition coordinator at Toledo Public School. To help purchase snacks, donations may be made at bit.ly/wpcsnacks. To receive a link by text, text the phrase “snackshack” to 41444.

YMCA acquires financing

A photo of a YMCA center.The City of Toledo and the YMCA of Greater Toledo recently received financing. Through these New Markets Tax Credits, approximately $3.4 million will be generated to be used for  the new Wayman D. Palmer YMCA and Inez Nash Park project. This funding is a result of a collaboration between the YMCA and River Ridge Capital Advisors. It will allow for additional features such as an outdoor splash pad and Inez Nash Park enhancements. 

TARTA receives Certified Autism Center designation

A graphic for the certified autism center.TARTA’s Paratransit Division recently earned the Certified Autism Center designation. They are the first Ohio transit agency to become a Certified Autism Center, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. To earn this designation, TARTA completed a comprehensive training and certification process. Several other Toledo organizations have Certified Autism Center designations including the Huntington Center, Glass City Center, Imagination Station, Valentine Theatre and more. 

Students explore career pathways at JA Inspire event

A group of students at a STEM event.On May 8, the JA Inspire event will return for another year,  providing opportunities for 8th-12th grade students. The event aims to inspire students to discover career opportunities which can set them up for success. The event runs from 9am-2pm at the Glass City Center,  401 Jefferson Ave, Toledo. 

Throw a Birthday Bash with Dream Worthy Sleepovers

Dream Worthy Sleepovers makes party planning fun with themed tent sleepovers for all ages in Perrysburg, Sylvania and surrounding areas. They handle setup, style and tear down services for each sleepover. They can be found on Facebook as Dream Worthy Sleepovers and Instagram @dreamworthysleepovers. 

Ohio Virtual Academy implements full-day kindergarten

A group of kids by a mascot.The open enrollment period at Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) is open until Oct. 31. OHVA is a full-time online public school with Ohio-certified teachers. Full-day kindergarten will be offered starting with the 2024-2025 school year. While OHVA is based in Maumee, it is open to all Ohio students. More information on enrollment can be found at ohva.k12.com.