What’s Happening in Toledo: September/October Family News

Birth and labor services end at St. Luke’s
McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, has served expectant mothers for the past 25 years. The services will end in September as the hospital announced at the end of May that it will be closing the Holland and Perrysburg obstetrics physician offices, and labor and delivery will no longer be available at the hospital after September 30. Jennifer Montgomery, McLaren St. Luke’s President and CEO, made the following statement: “We made every effort to avoid eliminating the program, but the loss of a large managed care health plan and other economic conditions have significantly reduced the number of patients who choose McLaren St. Luke’s for birthing services.” —ER

Local 7th-grader writes his first book
“My Story of America” by Tanzeel Ahmad begins in Pakistan, where he emigrated from a few years ago. Tanzeel’s story details how his family’s religious beliefs and Muslim community were not accepted in his home country, and how those practicing the religion in Pakistan were often persecuted. With the help of his teachers at Washington Local Schools, he not only learned English but wrote this amazing story about how he and his family started a new life here in Toledo. Read the full story at toledoparent.com. —ER

Financial literacy class now required for Ohio students
Governor Mike Dewine signed Senate Bill 1 into law on October 28, 2021 after a unanimous vote in the Ohio Senate to support the mandate. This new law will require all Ohio students to complete 60 hours, or “one-half unit” — as described by Ohio’s Department of Education — of course instruction in financial literacy as part of high school graduation requirements. Although this bill was signed into law in 2021, it will not go into effect until the 2024-2025 school year. Each school will be required to have an educator with a license in financial literacy. Considering this timeline, only students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2022 will be required to complete the financial literacy course before graduation. —AV

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