December Raider Report

More than a School, A COMMUNITY!

Superintendent dresses as Santa to deliver books to elementary students along with elves from the Central Office

Holiday cards for local nursing home residents

Last week, the Benjamin Logan chapter of SkillsUSA organized the designing, signing, and organizing of holiday cards for nursing home residents throughout Logan County.

SkillsUSA members, with the help of digital design students (including middle and high school students within the program), completed designs of holiday greeting cards. Each card displayed student designs, some were digitally created and printed, while others were done by hand.

As part of their holiday festivities, SkillsUSA carefully counted and organized cards, to ensure that each nursing home received a sampling of both digitally created and handmade cards, as well as a card for each resident. 292 cards were created, signed, and organized by students. These were then delivered to Green Hills, Campbell Place, Belle Springs, and Logan Acres nursing homes.

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Benjamin Logan School-Based Health Center opens January 3, 2022

We are, again, excited to announce the opening of Benjamin Logan’s School-Based Health Center (BL-SBHC) January 3, 2022. Because of this partnership with Community Health & Wellness Partners (CHWP), our District will have the opportunity to provide integrated primary healthcare services to our students, families, and faculty on the BL campus for anyone who wishes to participate.

Community Health & Wellness Partners, located in Bellefontaine, West Liberty and Russells Point, is a community health center that provides integrated primary care services to our community. These services include primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, nutrition, chronic care management and social service resources. As a patient-centered medical home in the community, CHWP will help ensure our students are in the best optimal health care possible.

Paula Strebig, Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), a provider who has served CHWP over the past four years, will serve as the BL-SBHC primary care provider. She, along with our school nurse, Amanda Siefring RN, will help ensure treatment plans for minor problem or chronic issues are followed. Ms. Strebig will be able to see students, parents, and BL faculty. With CHWP’s team care model, CNP Strebig can help integrate services such as management of chronic diseases, nutrition, pharmacy, and behavioral health for your student/s.

Ms. Strebig will be onsite at the BL Elementary Building daily 7:30am to noon. When students or faculty patients would need something additional outside of the school nursing role, i.e. prescriptions, etc.*, Ms. Strebig will be able to meet those needs in the moment, providing your child with a consistent way to receive needed care with families needed support and convenience. Students seen at BL-SBHC will interact just as they would with any other primary care provider. That said, the BL-SBHC does not seek to replace your child’s current healthcare provider - it serves as an optional touchpoint for students to receive health support and help ensure they meet their treatment schedules.

We are very excited about the BL-SBHC opening January 3, 2022, 7:30am to noon daily. This is an exciting opportunity for community collaboration, both for our school district and CHWP! Together, we believe we can improve the health and well-being of our students so that they can achieve their full health academic potential.


Paula Strebig is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned an Associate degree in Nursing from Edison State Community College in 1983, and then she spent several years working in labor and delivery. In 2004 she began teaching at the Nancy J. Knight School of Nursing at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, and in 2011 she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University. During her pursuit of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner at Wright State University, she completed two clinical training rotations at Community Health & Wellness Partners. Paula is passionate about serving the community with a focus on the healthcare needs of the whole person. She enjoys working with people of all ages to maintain health and prevent disease, as well as caring for acute and chronic illnesses. Paula lives in Logan County with her husband and enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and a new hobby pursuit — pottery.

The Jazz Academy tour made a stop at BLHS to share an hour of swingin' family-friendly jazz with our K-4 students. The students were on their feet and dancing while learning about jazz musicians, instruments, and more! This program was sponsored by the Benjamin Logan Elementary PTC.

Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest at BLMS

Mrs. Cavallini's class volunteered to decorate Mr. Penwell's door for the holidays and for the middle school annual door decorating contest. Her class along with some of Mr. Penwell's students made reindeer from their hand prints. From there the door took on an amazing transformation and as you can see from the pictures it was a whole class undertaking that turned out amazing!

Mary Rutan Foundation Awards Funds to BLHS for Time4You

Benjamin Logan High School students utilize “you time” to build mindfulness, wellness, and coping skills. The wellness activities are designed to reduce stress levels in students. Affording students the chance to utilize time in their day to complete wellness activities will help establish patterns and connections of wellness to increased achievement.

The Mary Rutan Foundation sets aside dollars each year to assist organizations to meet the health and wellness needs of the community. An emphasis on mental health is a top priority based on the results of the 2020 Community Needs Assessment and expressed by nearly every social service agency in Logan County.

Sounds of the Season to be on 98.3 WPKO

Segments of the BLHS Sounds of the Season Concert and interviews with students Emma Gradias, Avery Green, Taylor Lafferty, and Brice Shump will air on 98.3 WPKO on Wednesday, December 29 between 4 and 6PM. This is not a continuous broadcast of the concert, but rather several segments with Mr. Bowers, Mr. Dove and the students.

Have a story idea? Share it with Benjamin Logan Schools!

While we prefer to know about events or activities before they happen, we still encourage you to share your story afterwards. Please send us a summary of what occurred and any photos you may have taken by e-mail to or by filling out a Story Idea Submission Form.

Cell phone photos are acceptable, however we prefer them to be horizontal and at least 1024 X 768 pixels. Low quality, or out-of-focus photos, run the risk of not being usable. Please note, if you send the district photos, any students visible in the photos must have a signed media release on file for the current school year. The main office in any school building will have this information.