The Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) student thespians visited Orange Township Hall recently to entertain members of a local senior citizen group. The students performed a scene from their fall play, Arabian Nights, for members of the Olentangy Area Seniors Nov. 13 during a visit to the hall, 1680 E. Orange Road. The actors brought scenes and costumes to perform an act from their play as entertainment for the senior group following their regular meeting and luncheon. Performances such as these allow students engaged in the dramatic and theatrical arts to connect to other disciplines and groups.
A pachyderm keeper from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium made a presentation to seventh grade students at Olentangy Orange Middle School recently. Students learned about how humans effect animal ecosystems. Zoo keeper Mindi Scott gave the students a real world connection from an expert. She spoke about poaching and how it impacts animals in the various animal habitats around the planet. She also brought artifacts from the zoo such as a rhinoceros horn, an elephant tusk and an elephant tooth and gave students suggestions for how they can help prevent poaching right here at home.
The Walker Wood Homeowner’s Association donated a 5-acre parcel of land in 2010 to Orange Township. Recently, the Orange Township trustees approved park improvements on this parcel. The Orange Township Community Park Board (OTCPB) recommended that students of Freedom Trail Elementary School (FTES) select the playground they would like to have on the site, since many of the students live close to the property.
Randee Masciola, vice chair of the OTCPB, Teresa Johnson, alternate/recording secredary of the OTCPB, and Beth Hugh, Orange Township Maintenance and Parks Director, were present for the vote during lunch on Friday, November 1, 2013. More than 500 students participated in the voting process. The students were given three options to vote for, and selected a design that features a 6 foot dualing wave slide, vine climbers, and tube slide with talk tube and a rock wall.
The enthusiasm expressed by the students was unbelievable. They were happy they would have a park so near their homes. Many students said their older siblings practiced at the location on a weekly basis and it would give them something to do while they waited for the practice to be over.