On April 6, one of Tallmadge Middle School's eighth-grade language arts teachers, Ann Hagedorn, was recognized at the Community CARE appreciation dinner at Silver Lake County Club.

The dinner was sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact to honor individuals from the schools and community who have unselfishly donated their time and energy to combat alcohol and drug abuse, while promoting wellness.

Hagedorn has been a leader of the PANDA Club at the middle school for the past 15 years. Throughout that time, she has taught students the negative effects of drugs and alcohol and helped them learn how to make good choices in activities with their peers. The Club also helps individuals in need by putting together fleece tie blankets to give to students during the holiday season. Additionally, students make Easter baskets for children who receive services through Summit County Children's Services.

Each school district in the Six District Educational Compact, which includes Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, Hudson City Schools, Kent City Schools, Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, Tallmadge City Schools and Woodridge Local Schools, chooses a recipient to be recognized.

Additionally, the six districts choose an organization that has positively impacted the communities. This year, the six districts chose In Plain Sight, a drug and alcohol awareness educational program. In Plain Sight programming is available to each of the six districts to utilize.

Tallmadge City School's PTSA has sponsored In Plain Sight for a number of years.

"Congratulations, Ann, on this accomplishment," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "It's important for our district to support resources and services that can help individuals in need. Our district is committed to the safety of our students, and we will continue to look for ways to keep them informed on making positive decisions."

For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.