Quick takes – October 29

Fun way to learn

Creative, hands-on learning has an impact on students, as they get to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a fun project.

East physics students have enjoyed that experience for 12 years as they’ve built mousetrap racecars and competed to see whose would travel the farthest. The fruits of the labor were on display Oct. 6, as student-designed racecars were tested. What resulted was a fun time and sense of accomplishment.

Kudos to the East teachers for coming up with and continuing this fun way to learn.

Lending a hand

Food insecurity is a problem for far too many families who struggle to put food on the table and ensure regular nourishment for children and adults.

Thankfully, local businesses and organizations have had a history of helping address that problem. For example, Faurecia employees in Columbus donated the equivalent of 64,984 meals to the Love Chapel food bank, exceeding their goal in the company’s FUELS (Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service) effort. Faurecia gave a check to Love Chapel in an amount greater than $22,000.

Food drives such as Faurecia’s are appreciated and welcome because they make a great difference in the lives of people.

Success story

Anyone wanting to know about the entrepreneurial climate in Columbus can turn to ZwanzigZ, a pizza and brewery, for a good example.

Owners Kurt and Lisa Zwanzig started with a small, one-room pizza place and have expanded into a popular brewpub near downtown. On top of that, ZwanzigZ recently won small brewpub of the year honors at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver; brewmaster Mike Rybinski and assistant brewer Trent Fleener earned Brewers of the year in the small prewpub category; and the brewpub’s chocolate beer earned a silver award.

That’s what you call a success story.