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Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville begins third year

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2005) -- Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville welcomed 17 new Ohio University-Zanesville students into the mentoring program for young children. Jumpstart is a nationwide program that inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved and communities to progress together.

Returning members of the Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville team are Mike Emmert of Zanesville and Chandra Moore from New Lexington who will serve as this year's team leaders. Other returning members are Megan Culp of Zanesville and Jessica Cordray of Summerfield.

In addition, Stacy Vaughn from Blue Rock; Wendy Campfield from Crooksville; Kellye Krebs from Dresden; Tricia Dickson from Duncan Falls; Hillary Little from Nashport; Caitlin Ecker, Courtney Gordon and Nick Wright from Newark; Sarah Stephenson from Norwich; Brandy Haga from Sarahsville; and Jessica Conrad, Mike Hill, Danae Lacy, Ali Lawrence, Megan Pletcher, Derek Reed and Joel Sparks from Zanesville, will be making an impact on the lives of preschool children and their families. The teams will provide one-on-one mentoring, family involvement opportunities and community programs for young children who attend Careytown Child Care Center in Zanesville.

Throughout the year, the Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville team, under the direction of Site Manager Colleen Romito, will work together with Volunteer Coordinator Ali Lawerence to bring together children, families, teachers and the community to create a holistic approach to preparing these preschoolers for success in school.

Events planned for the year include Jumpstart Leadership Training for team leaders, volunteer coordinator and site manager in Chicago; a family picnic for the children and their families at Careytown; Make a Difference Day Carnival; Holiday Tree of Giving; Head Start Family Feast; Family Goal Setting; Children Reading to Children project and more.

The Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville is in its third year of providing a spark in the lives of children, parents and teachers of Careytown. "I like when you to read to me," Jacob told his Jumpstart partner Jessica. Jacob is one of the more than 40 children whose lives have been touched by the program.

To learn how you can support the work of Jumpstart Ohio University-Zanesville contact Romito at (740) 588-1555 or romitoc@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: Colleen Romito, (740) 588-1555 or romitoc@ohio.edu

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