Quick takes – April 4th

Outstanding project

Many senior projects over the years have been worthy of recognition, but one this year stands out. Columbus East High School’s Molly Fry started a therapeutic skating class that benefits children with disabilities by developing their motor, communication and social skills.

The weekly class at Hamilton Center Ice Arena started last year and now is in its third eight-week session. Participants learn skating skills and form a bond with Fry, and they feel included.

Like some of the best senior projects of years past, Hamilton Center said it plans to keep this worthwhile class going. That’s a great idea.

Great benefit

Columbus’ kidscommons children’s museum received a significant boost from generous donors — a record $107,000 raised at its Italy-themed Carnivale fundraiser. That easily surpassed the $85,000 raised last year and will go a long way supporting one of the city’s most popular attractions.

More than 44,000 guests and an additional 7,000 students visited kidscommons last year. That popularity, though, has resulted in steady and heavy use of exhibits in the museum’s nearly 10 years, so the donations will play a vital role in providing a $50,000 facelift to the ExploraHouse exhibit.

Carnivale attendees, donors and volunteers deserve a round of applause for supporting this community asset.

Way to go, champ!

Congratulations to Columbus North sophomore Ashley Holliday for winning an individual state championship in the uneven bars March 21. She topped the competition with a score of 9.6. The victory was extra sweet because she placed second in the event during last year’s state meet.

In a short amount of time in high school, she’s shown what a mixture of talent, determination and hard work can accomplish.