Padua Center wants to name the neighborhoodWritten by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Virginia Welsh said she hates describing where the Padua Center is located. As the director, she said the center, boxed in by Brown Avenue and Klondike, Dorr and Hawley streets, has no easy name like Old West End, which is why the center is having a “Name our Neighborhood” contest.
The closest name they have is the outdated Kuschwantz, which means cow’s tail in Polish.
The free-to-enter contest, which involves writing suggestions for the area on downloaded forms, will last until June 30. The winning name will be picked at 6 p.m. July 7 at the monthly community meeting. First place will receive a $50 gift certificate, second place will receive a $15 gift certificate and third place will receive a $10 gift certificate.
“We’re trying to build up our neighborhood,” she said. “I think it’s very important to put an identity to the neighborhood. There are a lot of things going on, a lot of good things.”
The good things include neighborhood cleanups and a new Pickett Academy, as part of the Building For Success initiative with Toledo Public Schools. The school comes at a critical time, she said, because of the intolerably high number of suspensions for elementary school children.
“If children are to succeed in life, they need an education,” she said. If children are suspended from school, they miss homework, grades and lessons as they fall behind their classmates.
This lack of education is why Welsh said the center offers after-school tutoring and the Alternative to Suspension Program for students in grades K-6. She said the programs are paid for by grants and donations.
All prize certificates will be to local businesses, Welsh said. Keeping the money local will brighten the spirits of local business owners and create the “Christmas light effect,” she said; that is when one home decorates its yard with Christmas lights, inspiring the surrounding homes to also decorate. The pattern continues until every home in the neighborhood is decorated.
Oscar Shaheer, a board member for the Padua Center’s Brighten Up Community Organizing, said naming the neighborhood is overdue.
“It’ll instill a sense of pride in our neighborhood,” he said.
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