At the 2017 Summit for Kids Breakfast this month, Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio presented Aiden Dine, 12, of Hudson with the 2017 Summit for Kids Russ Pry Youth Award. Aiden was honored for his work helping adults and children living with diabetes. Aiden has raised more $10,000 through fundraisers with the American Diabetes Association. Aiden also has visited Capitol Hill to support programs focusing on healthy food for underserved Ohioans, and also represented American youth combating diabetes.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Inc. held its Family Fun Health Fair this month at Joy Park Community Center in Akron. The health fair coincided with National Health Center Week, an annual event that took place Aug. 13-19. Deleshia Feaster and Heather Gunnoe, along with other AxessPointe staff members, facilitated the health fair. The fair was sponsored by United Health Care, CareSource and Paramount. Over 20 community partners were present, along with Greg Allison, the regional liaison to Gov. John Kasich. Also in attendance were Michaela Keller from the National Association of Community Health Centers and Heather Porter, Avani Desai and Tiffany Blair from the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers. More than 200 people visited and received school supplies and refreshments. Damarios Walker, owner of Distinguished Gents, volunteered his time and services to offer free haircuts. Representatives from CANAPI were also on site and provided free HIV testing. Attendees learned that a healthy lifestyle includes exercise, as demonstrated by the Akron Community Line Dance Team, and laughter, encouraged by Robert Roux of Froutx of the Spirit Comedy.

Local members of Altrusa International of Akron, a volunteer service organization, distributed 433 books to men, women and children at the Haven of Rest Ministries Summer Picnic held this summer at Grace Park . This is the seventh year members of the organization have collected books year-round for the summer giveaway. The mission of Altrusa International is to improve communities worldwide by providing service, developing leadership, fostering understanding and encouraging fellowship through an network of volunteers. Altrusa International of Akron’s emphasis is on literacy, and helping women and those in need. For more information about Altrusa International of Akron, contact Club President Linda Rittenour at 330-338-3378 or visit www.facebook.com/AltrusaInternationalOfAkron.

The parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church recently had a rummage sale. The parish donated almost $1,200.00 to one of its priests, the Rev. Milton Kiocha, to help build his orphanage in Tanzania.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio recently recognized the 2016-17 class of JA Giving Champions, which each supported the organization with an annual gift of $10,000 or more and provided at least 20 programs to students in Junior Achievement’s 12-county footprint: GAR Foundation, Giant Eagle stores, H.A. Flannery Family & James R. Flannery Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Huntington Foundation, John A. McAlonan Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Kevin and Peggy Gaffney, Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors, the Allstate Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Susan Stefancik of Mogadore has been inducted into the Wilton Hall of Fame and the President’s Club for teaching more than 2,600 students cake decorating. She has been teaching since 1984 and is a certified Wilton instructor. She is currently teaching at Michaels Craft Store and the Cake and Candy Depot.

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