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Honoring Local WWII Hero
Lt. Col. Harry Shoop
After more than 70 years, Lt. Col. Harry Shoop, 96, received well-deserved recognition for his service during WWII. During a special ceremony held in the Southern State Community College auditorium, Congressman Brad Wenstrup presented Shoop with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the World War II Service Medal. I was pleased to join the Congressman onstage to present this local hero with a resolution on behalf of the Ohio Senate honoring him for his military service. 
 
Lt. Col. Shoop inspires all of us to live a life of greater service, do more for our country, and to make our world a better place.
 
 
Recognizing Ohio's Dairy Producers
In celebration of National Dairy Month, I had the privilege of introducing a small group of dairy farmers on the floor of the Ohio Senate. For many Ohioans, ice cream is a hallmark of summertime. We owe our gratitude to the hard working men and women who rise before daybreak each day to tend to their cows in the milking parlors in order to make this delicious treat possible. Ohio's dairy farmers love the work that they do, and—as ice cream lovers—we love that they do it!
 
 
Providing Free Bike Helmets to
Children at the Ross County Fair
Ensuring that our children are wearing properly fitted bike helmets is a simple but important step that parents can take to protect their kids from serious head injury. Bicycle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in young children. A special thanks to our partners at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter for organizing this year's helmet giveaway at the Ross County Fair. 
 
 
Local Schools to Receive $1.6 Million
for Academic Enrichment Programs
Community learning centers are a valuable resource for many students and families across southern Ohio. These programs offer students a broad array of activities complementing what they are learning during the school day, with the goal of ensuring student success both in the classroom and in meeting state academic standards. Learning centers also provide resources and services for the families of participating students.
 
 
Transportation Grants Offered for Schools Visiting Ohio's Historic Statehouse
As chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, I am pleased to announce that we will be accepting grant applications, beginning 9 a.m. on September 12, to assist schools in paying for transportation to the Statehouse—a great opportunity to learn about state government. 

Grants are limited to 4th through 12th grade classes during the 2017-18 academic year. Only one grant will be awarded to each school and applicants must have a minimum of 20 people in their group to receive funding.
 
I hope you'll join me in urging your local school district to apply for funding to help off-set transportation costs for a visit to Ohio's historic Statehouse. 
 
 
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Senator Bob Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Peterson. Download a high-resolution photo of Senator Peterson here.
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