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"Reading with Coach Byrne" inspires fourth graders to read, read, read

Reading with Coach Byrne.

It’s a pretty neat program involving Ada fourth graders and Kevin Byrne, Ohio Northern University men’s basketball coach, and several team members.

During the second nine weeks of school ONU basketball players teamed up with Ada fourth graders up to improve fourth grader reading skills.

According to Ada fourth graders teachers Mrs. Butterfield, Mrs. Salyer and Mrs. Stuart: “Normally, each student is expected to read daily in order to receive 5 Reading Counts points per week by passing quizzes with at least 70 percent accuracy.”

Andy Steingass: "The ceramics tradition grounds me"

By  Darlene Bowers
“It’s meditative,” says Andrew Steingass about working at the potter’s wheel. Andrew (Andy) recalls seeing other art students at Ada High with clay on their jeans and clothes.

“Why would they want that clay all over them?” was Andy’s thought back then. Andy did take art classes in high school, drawing and painting, but didn’t take ceramics class. It was during an art appreciation course at Ohio Northern University that Andy began to feel the pull of the wheel.

Awards presented, officers installed at FFA banquet

By Chapter Reporter Morgan Roberts
The annual Ada FFA banquet was held March 27 in the cafeteria at Ada High School.
During our meal, Michaela Guyton presented our annual slide show. The slide show was the highlight of the evening, it gave parents, as well as community members to see what the FFA really does through out the year.


Former Ohio District of Kiwanis International governor speaks to Ada Kiwanis

President Heather Cox called weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at 12:00 noon on Tuesday April 1st at McIntosh Center, ONU. The Invocation was offered by Jon Umphress. Member Jeff Schulman reported that his daughter Joanna gave birth to a baby girl (Marianna Rose) this morning. Congratulations to grandfather Jeff.

Ada elementary students write: "Thank you for donating blood to our blood drive"

Ada elementary school's "Pint Sized Hero" American Red Cross blood donation day in late March brought out several letters of appreciation from Ada elementary students. 

Suzanne Hardesty, Gifted Coordinator / Intervention Special, provided The Icon with several letters written by Ada students. The letter thanked blood donors.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view those letters.

Let the artistry begin: Check out these nails!

By Darlene Bowers

A little girl growing up in Bowling Green, Ohio, loved to go to Woolworth’s with her mother. Even more she loved to save her coins to purchase with great delight a little package of glue-on fingernails that could be painted in an array of colors. “I’ve always had a fetish for pretty fingernails. I don’t know why,” recalls Jane Lee, a resident of Ada for 44 years.

Jane’s fingernail obsession continued as she grew up, married Ted Lee and together raised two sons. Jane and Ted also now have four grandchildren ranging from 5th grade through 10th grade and a 7-year-old yellow tiger cat named Chub.