Cambridge City School District employees Robin Lahmers, Summer CATS Camp Program Manager, Ed Wright, Treasurer, and Dave Caldwell, Business Manager, received awards at the Ohio School’s annual fall conference Boards Association in the South East region.
Lahmers, nominated by Rose Marie Daymut, Director of Federal Programs and 6-12 Curriculum, received the Outstanding Student Programs, Program Director Award. Lahmers, in collaboration with the 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool and Summer CATS Camp, made both programs very successful.
The after school program is designed to provide additional academic support for struggling students and to provide experiences that many Ohio Appalachian students might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Last year, the Afterschool program interacted with hundreds of students in three buildings from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Last summer, Lahmers upgraded CATS summer camp from a two-week camp with approximately 40 students to an eight-week program (two four-week sessions) with over 300 students. The CATS summer camp employed more than 60 teachers, teacher assistants, kitchen staff and bus drivers.
The CATS summer camp includes math and reading interventions, but focuses on youth development opportunities like trips to the Deerassic Education Center where students have fished, hiked, learned shooting skills. archery and other skills. They have also participated in cooking shows, visited The Wilds, played miniature golf, participated in health and safety activities with Muskingum Valley Health Care, and conducted COSI experiments.
Wright and Caldwell received the OSBA President’s Award for 2021. The award recognizes dedicated leadership in public education and unwavering commitment to boys and girls in the South East region.
The President’s Award is chosen by the President of the Southeast Ohio Region School Boards Association. This year’s chair is Amy Kissinger, a member of the Cambridge City School District School Board.
Wright and Caldwell identified efficiencies, cost savings, grant opportunities, and leveraged existing dollars in district finances. Their efforts have enabled the district to acquire many items on a district wish list established after conversations with community members, parents, teachers, staff and students.
Submitted by Cambridge City Schools.