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Abraxas Holds Winter Fest for Students

The Abraxas School of Ohio, in conjunction with the Abraxas facility, had their 2nd annual Winter Fest on February 18th. The facility and school staff coordinated to create a day full of winter-themed activities for students as a way to unwind and celebrate the winter weather. 

Students spent all day with their second block teachers learning how to fold origami balls, competing in a sports-themed Jeopardy game as well as participating in a winter writing contest! Indoor activities included Minute-to-Win-It games in the gym, such as cup stacking, balloon volleyball, and an M&M sorting game. They also participated in cupcake decorating, bingo, and enjoyed a hot chocolate station. Students in Julie Pfeifer’s Life Skills class spent the entire week leading up to the Winter Fest baking cupcakes for the decorating activity and brownie bites as a special lunch treat. 

Students had a lot to say about Winter Fest. “I loved designing my own look for the cupcake and adding as many toppings as I wanted!” said one. “It was great not having to do school work and getting to participate in fun activities” replied another. “Having a special lunch made for us and getting ice cream sandwiches was my favorite part,” was another common theme heard among the students.

The day would not be complete without the hard work and dedication of Abraxas School principal Shelly Patrick, School Supervisor Matt Porter, and Community Service/Recreation Director Jordan McCune. The facility and school staff look forward to continuing the tradition next year and appreciate all of the support provided by Abraxas to make this day possible for our students.

Private Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) Programs include the Abraxas School and FIRST School, which are funded through the Ohio Department of Education Private Residential Treatment Facility Pilot Program to operate the academic program at two of the three PRTF sites: Abraxas, located east of Shelby and Foundations for Living, located west of Lucas. These programs are also supported through Title 1-D (Delinquent) funds administered by Mid-Ohio ESC. Mid-Ohio ESC partners with the residential treatment program administration and staff to deliver an educational program that meets the requirement of the Ohio Department of Education for students in correctional facilities.

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