Dogs for Differences
Dogs for Difference (D4D) is an organization out of The University of Toledo that takes dogs (and a bunny) into moderate and intensive special education classrooms in the area as a way to bond with the children and reduce stress. Dogs for Difference visited Lake High School recently and plan to continue weekly visits throughout WCESC classrooms, in hopes to establish long term friendships and connections with students. Scroll down for more photos.


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Life Skills Classroom
Bowling Green High School is the newest home to Mrs. Mandy Hemming’s Life Skills classroom. Formerly located in North Baltimore, the classroom has moved to Bowling Green in order to take advantage of the centralized location and the community partnerships  available in the city. We enjoyed and appreciated many years of a successful partnership with North Baltimore Schools and are looking forward to new opportunities in Bowling Green.

Milan Karna
Milan Karna, program coordinator for the Drug Free Community Grant in Wood County (center) listening to a student address President Donald J. Trump at the White House Round Table presented by Drug Free Communities Support Program, the Office of National Drug Control Policy on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Mr. Karna is sitting next to Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States, who can be seen in the red dress on the right.

It was a busy week for the Drug Free Community Grant. On Monday evening, we received a message from Helen Hernandez, director of the Drug Free Community Grant inviting our coalition to a White House Roundtable on Wednesday.  Milan Karna, the program coordinator in Wood County, was our adult representative  and Joshua Bowen from Northwood was to be our student representative. With only 24 hours to make this all happen, we were unfortunately unable to get all of Josh's security clearances approved and he was unable to go. However, Milan made it out to Washington and was part of the Roundtable conference with President Trump. You can watch a portion of the meeting at

The majority of the press coverage was President Trump's interaction with the youth, but Milan represented us well. It is my understanding that General Dean personally selected the coalitions that attended, which speaks highly of all of the great work done by and in support of the Drug Free Community Grant and the youth in Wood County. More photos follow below.

Trump with Generals
President Donald J. Trump hears from General Arthur Dean (center), Chairman and CEO of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, and James W. Carroll (right), current acting director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Trump and Student
Trump listens to a report by Ananyl Pati, who recently graduated from High School and has been involved with DFC grant work for the last four years.


Mr. Nico Demetriou, Correctional Education Coordinator from the Ohio Department of Education, toured the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio and the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. Ryan Gies and Jodi Slagle from the Ohio Department of Youth Services joined the tour.  Bridget Ansberg, Director of JRC and Christy Spontelli, Education Coordinator at WCESC provided an overview of the education programs for students at JRC and JDC.

Eastwood, Elmwood, and North Baltimore CLC Summer STARS students  visited Fort Meigs this summer. The kids had a wonderful time touring historical buildings, watching a short reenactment, and experiencing what life would have been like at the fort during early 1800’s wartime. Learning during the summer can be fun! Visit for more information on the CLC. #learnleadshineCaption

2018 Achievement of Excellence
Students and Teachers!

Achievement Awards 2018

Students and Teachers were recognized at the
WCESC's 2018 Achievement of Excellence
Awards Banquet on April 12 at Penta Career Center
(click on picture to view more pictures of the event)

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Community Learning Center STARS
Recognized as
"Best Education Program"
by United Way of Wood County

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