Category Archives: Education

Adena Mansion & Gardens Hosting Virtual Volunteer Orientation Feb. 20th

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Adena Mansion & Gardens is preparing for its 2021 season with a ZOOM Volunteer Orientation on Saturday February 20 at 9am.

The orientation is for returning volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the historic site. Adena was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington.

In a release about the orientation, Executive Director Kathy Styer notes Adena relies on the generosity of its volunteers and numerous opportunities are available for anyone interested in participating in the volunteer program.

Volunteers dress up in period costume for special events in the Mansion, Tenant House or Barn while others are needed to answer questions in the Museum, work with school groups or pitching in behind the scenes. Some volunteers even get their hands dirty by helping in the garden.

Different positions require varying levels of training and time commitments.

To register for the event, call 740-772-1500, online at or via email to

Adena Mansion and Gardens Society manages the site on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.

Elf on a Shelf Fun Spreads Cheer at Pike County’s Western Local Schools

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Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display

2020 has been such a difficult year for many schools in Ohio, but especially so for Appalachia Ohio. Students entering Western Local Schools were greeted in a special way before their break for Christmas.

“We thought it would be a great idea to do this for our students considering this has been such a tough year for them” said Bethany Whitt, Western Elementary Principal. “The unknowns and uncertainties has caused a lot of stress in our students even those in the primary (k-3) grades.”

Whitt and Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson were found sitting atop the pillars supporting the Western Elementary School sign at the school entrance from Ohio 124 in Latham, Ohio.

“We had decided to make this week as fun as possible for our students and we figured what better way to end the week by dressing up as the elf on the shelf and greet them when they came in” said Whitt.

Whitt said she and Thompson were “on the shelf” for about half an hour. “It worked out better than we expected because  we had a two hour delay with the possibility of some freezing rain in the early hours. With the delay it was lighter outside so we were more visible. We tried to be out front upon the arrival of the first bus and we stayed out there until the last bus and student drop offs were finished.”

Whitt ascribes to the message “Every day, every student deserves a smile, a hug and a dose of humor.”  She says the approach can be attributed to a professor from her under graduate studies who taught “The best thing you can do as a teacher/administrator is build relationships and one way to do this is to have some fun every now and then.”

Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display
Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display


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A LITTER MEDIA THROWBACK: Our video tour of the new Chillicothe Intermediate Elementary School (for Grades 3-6) which opened after Christmas Break in January of 2019.

Thanks to CCSD School Board President Steve Mullins for the follow up tour to a video from earlier in 2018 and to former Superintendent Jon Saxton for the initial view of the elementary buildings in April of 2018.

This was the completion of a long journey for Chillicothe City Schools, with the concept for its entire district construction phases beginning in 2002. Now, concept has become reality top to bottom for Grades K-12. Chillicothe truly has something to take pride in for generations to come.

Here are links to other Litter Media videos produced during the elementary constructions:

Chillicothe Primary and Intermediate Schools During Construction:

Chillicothe Intermediate Tour During Construction:

Chillicothe Primary Tour: