Lions Club Honors Nurses And Student Contest Winners

Wednesday was a day to celebrate vision.

The Wheeling Lions Club invited Ohio County school nurses and student peace poster contest winners to their weekly club luncheon.

“We truly appreciate the Wheeling Lions Club supporting what our nurses do in taking care of students’ needs. The support we’ve received from the Lions Club with our vision screenings and the glasses that are provided to students makes a difference every day,” said Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dianna Vargo, who spoke at the luncheon with Assistant Superintendent Bernie Dolan and Special Education Director Leah Stout.

Dolan echoed Vargo’s sentiment, adding what the nurses do in the course of a day is “unbelievable.” He also spoke about other school-related developments, including progress on professional development, community involvement and the rapidly increasing growth of technology.

Nurses Anne Gompers, Melissa Soltesz and Ann Thomas – who is retired but continues to work as a substitute nurse for the district – attended the Lions Club event. Jamie Billick, Mary Ellen Bliss and Jodie Jorden, although not present at the luncheon, were also thanked for their work.

With their sight in the care of nurses, Ohio County School students can focus their attention on having a vision for peace. Wheeling Middle School students Arkady Seidewitz and Melina McCabe represented their interpretations of peace visually through their submissions for the Lions’ Peace Poster contest. Seidewitz won first place and McCabe won second place for their artwork.