Townsend Community School graduates largest class

SANDUSKY — Each year since 2011, Townsend Community School’s graduating classes have grown in size. On Tuesday, members of its largest class started their futures.

More than 250 students from across the area received their diplomas from the Castalia charter school, filling the Sandusky State Theatre’s stage with a few more sitting in seats below.

Student speakers Emma Carmichael and Samantha Hill spoke of their journeys to attaining their diplomas and praised the school’s instructors for diligently working with them.

“To say I finished is the biggest accomplishment I’ve ever had,” Hill said. “I knew it would be hard work, but it was worth it in the end.”

“TCS is amazing,” Carmichael added.

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Townsend Community School graduates students for the fifth year

In second grade, Donald Brooks’ teachers held him back because they thought he wasn’t ready to move on to third grade. But he didn’t lose hope.

“Ever since then, I wanted to do everything to the best of my ability so I could graduate with my class,” he said.

He enrolled at Townsend last August and was able to earn the credits he needed by this past February. By getting his diploma at Townsend, he’s able to attend a Bible college in Indiana.

“I’ll see what God has in store for me,” he said.

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Just Drive

An event at Townsend Community School Thursday focused on the danger of texting while driving. A simulator that mimics road conditions put drivers on an imaginary road and ordered them to text a message while various hazards popped up. The trick was to avoid hitting animals crossing over the roadway or other drivers changing lanes. The difficulty of such tasks increases as the driver’s speed increases. The lesson here: You are likely not nearly as proficient at driving and texting as you think you are.

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Public Tours Townsend Community School

 Aflexible schedule and one-on-one time with teachers first attracted Juleah Palmison to Townsend Community School three years ago.

But the fairly new charter school's fresh ideas hardly matched its hand-me-down facilities.

Until now.

Last week, the 17-year-old senior proudly led tours through Townsend Community School's new Student Learning Center, a state-of-the-art facility that debuted this school year.

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