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Tigers & Cavs Connect on Common Ground

On October 21, the Chillicothe Fitness & Racquet Club hosted students from the Pioneer Center and the Chillicothe High School tennis team for what has become an annual event. Many of the students involved have participated in this event before, so as soon as stepped on the court they were ready to get started.

The day began with some racquet handling and accuracy skills using balloons. It wasn’t long before the balloons were gone and the tennis balls were out. Smiles and laughter were as pervasive as the day-glo yellow balls that canvassed the court. CHS players took one side of the net with the pioneer students on the other for some passing drills. After completing a host of drills, the CHS team demonstrated their skills in a couple games, including “round robin” and “knock em’ stiff”, while Pioneer students watched and cheered. After a morning full of physical activity the kids topped off their day with pizza, cookies, and pop – a well-deserved treat!

The Pioneer Center would like to sincerely thank Fitness & Racquet Club, tennis pro Erin Cook, Janet Disbennet, and the student athletes for their continued support and generosity. The Tigers can’t wait to see their friends from CHS again next year!

CHS is one of several schools in Ross County who spend time with their peers at Pioneer, sharing their love of a sport and teaches them some tricks of the trade. In the past, several SVC schools have participated in sports, arts, and music-based activities with the Pioneer students. For more information on how your organization can become involved with the students at Pioneer, contact Patrick McFadden at pmcfadden@rossdd.org, or by phone at 740-773-8044.

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Craft Bazaar Back at Pioneer

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Baby Sign is Back!

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6th Annual Harvest Homecoming Bean Dinner

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Students Engage in the Democratic Process

With election season looming, Pioneer students eagerly joined the democratic process – campaigning, voting, and enthusiastically debating. Instead of electing a leader however, they were voting on the name of a new pony.

The baby pony, born May 26, is the offspring of Sugar, an Irish Draught pony owned by Star Gazey Equine Therapy, with whom Pioneer partners with for events such as Pony Camp.

Last week, students began the election process in their respective classrooms. First, every class had to come to a consensus on a name for which they would campaign. This was followed by an assembly where each class introduced their proposed name. Some classes made banners, others cheered (pompoms included); everyone came up with a creative and unique way to unveil their chosen name and subsequent campaign.  The names on the ballot included Pumpkin, Sunshine, Pioneer, Babie, Marshall, Rowdy, and Elmer.

On Monday of this week, students cast their ballot for their favorite pony name. The following day everyone gathered in the shelter house on the playground of the Pioneer School to hear the results of the voting. The event encompassed the grandiosity and merriment of any election night, complete with special hats, musical performances (“Happy Trails…Babie”), a Q&A session, and information about the candidate in question (covering the vitals – growth, diet, etc.).

Thanks to clever campaigning, enthusiasm, and wordplay that targeted those with a sweet tooth, Patti Smith’s classroom was successful in gaining a majority vote for the new pony’s name – Babie!

Click here to see all the pictures from these events.

Click here to visit Star Gazey’s website, where you can keep track of Babie’s progress.