Crawford County Commissioner Tim Ley

Crawford County Commissioner Tim Ley participated in the Try On A Disability on March 19.

GALION -- The Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities partnered with providers to engage the community and spread awareness as part of March’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness month.

The following are the results of the awareness efforts:

The top six second grade coloring contest winners

Keeping with the theme of “MARCHing Together” coloring a picture created by an individual with developmental disabilities second graders from Crestline and Wynford Elementary Schools submitted entries into the contest.

The following finalists were announced at halftime of the high school unified basketball exhibition game. Declan Bennett, Gwen Crall, Mary Hazelwood, Holly Kissling, Nathan Pennington, and Alivia Rouse with the winner being Declan Bennett.

Each finalist received gift certificates and gifts donated by local businesses, including Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Crossroads Original Designs & Cooper’s Mill, Flashback Classic Coin Ops Games, and Bucyrus YMCA, with day provider Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. (RNI) providing cinch bags to hold all the goodies.

The top winner also received a gift certificate from Baker’s Pizza and a six month membership from the Bucyrus YMCA. The winning picture will be used on the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities Thank you cards for 2019. Mrs. Kocher’s class, at Wynford Elementary, submitted the most entries winning the entire class ice cream sundaes.

The top six middle school poster competition winners

Keeping with the theme “MARCHing Together,” middle schoolers from Bucyrus and Colonel Crawford created a poster that positively reflected awareness and inclusion.

Jada Dalton, Samantha Farrar, Ella Hoover, Kailey Horsley, Maddison McDaniel, and Elyssa Roberts were recognized at the high school unified basketball exhibition game.

The overall winner was Samantha Farrar. Each finalist received gift certificates and gifts donated by local businesses, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Crossroads Original Designs & Cooper’s Mill, Flashback Classic Coin Ops Games, and Bucyrus YMCA, with day provider RNI providing cinch bags to hold all the goodies.

The top winner received a gift certificate from Baker’s Pizza and a six month membership from the Bucyrus YMCA. The winning poster was reprinted on 25 posters and distributed throughout the community. Mr. Scott Mental’s art class, at Bucyrus Middle School, submitted the most entries winning a gift certificate to Walmart.

The high school unified basketball exhibition game

On March 29, students from local high schools were divided and placed on a team that included athletes from the Special Olympics basketball team.

The school athletes were assigned a simulated disability which they accommodated during the exhibition game. Athletes reported highlights of their experience after the game. The community support of this event was tremendous with estimated attendance of 250.

A Honda CRV full of non-perishable food items and toiletries donations were collected to start a food pantry for individuals and families served by CCBDD. Monetary donations and proceeds from the concessions were split between funds for the food pantry and Crawford County Special Olympics.

Photos are available for purchase online at Klontz Photography website. Athletes included: Kenton Lutz and Alivia Lewis from Bucyrus; Zye Shipman and Danielle Horsley from Colonel Crawford; Ryan Stevely and Olivia Grove from Wynford; Kaden Ronk and Alandra Tesso from Crestline; Jack McElligott and Kasidee Sinclair from Galion; Mason Stahl and Courtney Pifher from Buckeye Central; and the Special Olympics team including Angel Davis, Deb Dunbar, John Edmondson, Jeremia Gale, Monroe Harris, Kim Meyer, Cindy Straughter, Alan Burkhart, Christian Olmstead, Danny Shambaugh, Ashley Taylor and Tammy Tyree. Coaches for the game included Keith Bradley, Ron Shirkey, Nate Hill, and Chris Solis. Officials for the game included Colby Bright from Ohio Specialty Services and Tommie Rarick.

Scoreboard operator was Kelly Hufford, Special Olympics Coordinator and keeping stats was Preston Mackell from RNI, Inc. Announcing the game was Jerry Fleming, aka “Taco.” Aimee Ward sang the National Anthem.

Athletes received a t-shirt, medal, water bottle; donated by Ohio Specialty Services, Mahek’s Trophies, and Chrysalis Advantage Point respectively. The Bucyrus High School Pep Band provided music at halftime. New this year was a Pep Squad/Cheerleaders.

The adult try on a disability day

Fifteen adults from the community participated in a Try On A Disability Day on March 19. The group gathered at Crawford County Board of DD /Trillium Event Center for orientation, assignment and explanation of their assigned simulated disability, and daily activity.

“I thought it was well organized," Crawford County Commissioner Tim Ley said. "I enjoyed being able to participate in all the activities.”

Participants proceeded to their assigned location at Fairway Preschool, or a day provider – Chrysalis Advantage Point, Richland Newhope Industries, Inc., or Waycraft Industries, Inc. for approximately two hours. They met back at Crawford County Board of DD/ Trillium Event Center for lunch while a parent gave a testimonial of their experience, and a speech from Mr. Jeff Turner.

Each participant shared some highlights of their experience. Participants included Brittany Arnett and Gary Johnson, Ohio Mutual Insurance Company; Jenny Klein, Crawford County Health Department; Tim Ley, Crawford County Commissioner; Trish Factor, Galion Health Department; DeAnna Calmes, Bucyrus Precision Technology; JR Jenney, Ohio Specialty Services; Brad Decamp, Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board; Ashley Agee, Family and Children First; David Wolfe, Good Hope Lutheran Church; Kristen Garn, Community Counseling; Stephanie Faulkner, Bucyrus YMCA; Laura Stuckey, Pickwick Place; Becky Teynor, CCBDD, and Barb Scott, Bucyrus Public Library.

Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities worked with our partner providers; Waycraft Industries, Inc., Ohio Specialty Services, Chrysalis Advantage Point, and Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. to coordinate all the events.

"We had excellent partnerships with the community for donations and support including: A-1 Printing, Baker’s Pizza, Bucyrus YMCA, Checkers Pizza, Crossroads Original Design & Copper’s Mill, Flashback Classic Coin Ops Games, Klontz Photography, McDonald’s, Mahek Trophies & Awards, River’s Edge Embroidery; Taco Bell, Walmart, and Wendy’s, Bucyrus High School, Bucyrus Pep Band, Bucyrus, Galion, Colonel Crawford, Crestline, Wynford, and Buckeye Central Schools," the CCBDD stated.

Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities continues to operate the 5 STAR rated Fairway preschool

Early Intervention services, one high school classroom at Pioneer, Service and Support Administration (case management), family support services, and Special Olympics. Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities continues to fund 100% of costs for those that are not on a Medicaid waiver who attend Adult Service programs, receive services from Community Employment, Early Intervention, and Service and Support Administration (SSA/case management).

Levy monies also fund up to 40 percent of the cost for those that are receiving Medicaid waivers for: Home and Community Based services (residential services), transportation, and Day Services/Day Programs.

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