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    Columbus, Ohio - Ohio secondary students and teachers are studying “How Does it Feel to be a Safe and Responsible Parent?”


    By United Services for Effective Parenting-Ohio, Inc.

    Take a look at the following Powerpoint Presentations of 2018 USEP-OHIO Discover Parenting Project entrants and winners. Here are the discussion points.


    Discover Parenting is the title of the project, created by United Services for Effective Parenting – Ohio, Inc. (USEP-OHIO). It includes a classroom program designed to complement secondary curriculum and assist students in secondary schools to explore the theme, “How Does it Feel to be a Safe and Responsible Parent?” Students create individual or group projects, submit photos, and express their thoughts through captions. The photos are ranked based on their originality, composition, creativity and insight to the responsibilities and their feelings about parenting.


    Discover Parenting Awards - Winning students and teachers each receive cash awards for their achievement. All participating students receive certificates. Teacher participation mini-grants are given to all teachers entered in the statewide exhibit, to enhance their classroom resources.

    The 28th Discover Parenting Exhibit - Recent Winners Statewide



















































        Enroll Now


  • April, 2019 is the deadline for entry into the 29nd annual Discover Parenting project.
  • Contact Kerri Weeks to enroll and for more information.
  • The statewide exhibit will be on display in May 2011, in the lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, at the Statehouse complex in Columbus.
  • Content Standards for Career and Technical Education intersect with Discover Parenting tasks.
  • Winning photos are announced to teachers during the annual conference of OATFACS, the Ohio Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science in Columbus and winners are recognized at the annual conference of the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders (NAWHSL) at their national conference.


        USEP-OHIO Materials Available (but not required to teach Discover Parenting) “Kids in the Car with Grandparents and Others Who Care,” Teachers involved in Discover Parenting often use the USEP-OHIO materials provided in a teaching kit written by Cindy McKay. “Kids in the Car” is a NAWHSL publication developed through a safety grant to USEP-OHIO, and currently distributed nation-wide by AAA. It can be used to make video presentations to schools and in a variety of group settings.


        The “Discover Parenting Manual – A Classroom Guide” was printed with support from the Ohio Department of Education includes tools which augment Ohio curriculum and was originally developed by USEP-OHIO with the support of many partners to reach teachers and their students. The Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Ohio comprise the largest group of participants in the program, but its application could be used in student groups and organizations of all kinds.


        Cindy McKay, Executive Director of USEP-OHIO said of Discover Parenting, “These students are likely to be parents in the next few years. I wish every student in Ohio had time during the high school years to think through and experience what these kids have in their class work. We are very excited about Discover Parenting and the great teachers who use it as a tool.



For more information contact: Patricia Fountain, Project Manager

614-868-8600 or 1-800-262-4KIDS


                                                   1st Place Student

      Jessica Hatfield

       Upper Valley Career Center

       Sidney, OH


       Teacher: Beverly Holthaus

        “Look at Me…Mommy’s Focusing on

        Bath Safety!"










                                                    2nd Place Student

       Maria LoCicero

       Mahoning County CTC

       Poland, OH


       Teacher:  Julie Pagnotta

       “Hold Their Hand to Keep Them Safe

        Wherever Vehicles are

        -or Could be-Around”









                                                     3rd Place Student

        Taylor Ceja

        Mahoning County CTC

        Youngstown, OH


        Teacher:  Julie Pagnotta

        “Ready for Some Fun in the Sun…

         Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!”


            Honorable Mention Student

             Kallista Medley

             Mahoning County CTC

             Poland, OH


             Teacher:  Julie Pagnotta

             “Water Fun Means Safety Fun Too!”











             Honorable Mention Student

             Elizabeth Fleming

             Upper Valley Career Center

             Sidney, OH


             Teacher:  Beverly Holthaus

             “Learning My ABC’s Early…









                Special Topics


             1st Place Action Project Students

             James Leathem

              Upper Valley Career Center,

              Piqua, OH


              Teacher:  Beverly Holthaus

              “Opioids Destroy”



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