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Meet Your 2019 Excellence in Education Award Nominees

A glance at Camp Joy over the years:

  • 1937 Camp Joy was founded by the St. Barnabus Episcopal Church. The camp moved around several times in its early years but has since settled in Clarksville, Ohio. The new 317 acre location is finally large enough to support Camp Joy’s ambitious goals to challenge individuals and change lives today, tomorrow, and forever.

  • 1948 Camp Joy embraces racial integration of its summer camp, leading the way for other camps in the region. Camp Joy began co-ed camping in 1952.

  • 1972 Camp Joy begins year-round outdoor education programming that eventually evolves into the Outdoor School Program.

  • 1984 Camp Joy introduces the region to adventure programming for youth and adults. The adult portion of which receives the trade name Ventured Out! and helps support the organization

  • 1997 Camp Joy dedicates its swimming pool, opening the way to serve more youth with challenging medical conditions.

  • 1998 The newly built P&G Learning Center provides Camp Joy with its first convenient, spacious attractive indoor program space and a home for the administration.

  • 2005 New Recreation Center open its doors to house youth programming year-round, particularly in inclement weather.

  • 2006 Camp Joy launches the “Building for Inclusion” Initiative, which funds projects all over campus to better serve those with special, medical, and physical disability needs.

  • 2012 Camp Joy launches its 75th Anniversary Campaign to celebrate its anniversary and raise capacity-building funding necessary to accomplish its mission in the future.

Today Camp Joy transforms lives of more than 13,000 guests annually through our unique experiential programs. Camp Joy continues to evolve and expand as a multifaceted facility serving in all walks of life.

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

Our values and mission do not just lie on a paper or sign but live out in the hearts and minds of our staff – they live these values every day.

 

If your company culture, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Valuable, inspirational, bright, clear, strong.

The Greater Ohio Virtual School is an innovative school that is a cooperative effort with the Warren County Educational Service Center. GOVS uses technology to reach a diverse student population. The school is designed for students in grades 7 – 12 who have a desire for, and whose education can be optimized by, a program of online instruction in an independent environment that does not include most ancillary components of a more traditional education. Because the focus is on distance learning, the ability of students to learn independently in their own homes using an online educational program is an essential element of the school’s program. A majority of the students will be between the ages of 16 and 22 and who are at risk. The definition of at risk may include but not limited to; lack of academic success, unsuccessful in the home district, health risk, social issues, financial hardship, transient students, home schooled children, children with special physical and mental needs, religious reason and behavioral issues.

 

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

Our strength as a school is never giving up on kids no matter what the situation!  At the Greater Ohio Virtual School we work with and enroll students every day that come from horrific backgrounds.  Their past experiences, in most cases, have been at the root of their difficulty to succeed in a traditional school setting.  Our entire staff is sensitive to this and works diligently to make sure we don't give up on kids as we are the life boat for many students before they drop out of school.

 

If your company culture, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Diamond in the rough.

Kings Local School district is located in southwest Ohio's Warren County. We have three K-4 elementary schools, one 5-6 intermediate school, one 7-8 junior high and one 9-12 high school with a student population of approximately 4,700. We also offer a comprehensive preschool program with before and after school childcare.

 

The district's three elementary schools and intermediate school are new or have been remodeled extensively in the past nine years, and the shared junior/senior high campus was expanded and remodeled in 2009.

 

Not only is Kings highly ranked nationally in academics, we were named a Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants in 2014. We offer nationally recognized, award-winning, fine arts programs that include chorus and band opportunities, orchestra/strings, vocal groups, drama, digital media arts, and more.

 

Kings is home to a State of Ohio National Distinguished Principal, Ohio National Distinguished Assistant Principal, Ohio Hall of Fame Schools (Columbia Intermediate, J.F. Burns, and Kings Mills Elementary Schools), National Blue Ribbon Award winners (J.F. Burns, Kings Mills, and South Lebanon Elementary Schools), State Superintendent’s School of Distinction (J.F. Burns and Kings Mills Elementary Schools), Ohio School to Watch (Kings Junior High School), and Kings High School was named top 3% in the nation by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

 

Like the ruby, businesses and organizations have many facets that must be polished to maintain brilliance. Which facet is your strength and why?

Relationships are our strength. We are making the needs of our staff and students our focus which includes relationship building, social and emotional health, and cultural competency.

Building relationships are the foundation in everything we do. Strong relationships allow for creativity and innovation. Our students are our "gems" and we do what is best for them everyday. 

 

If your company culture, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a gemstone, what would they be?

Brilliant, genuine, well-proportioned, dynamic, and clear.