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School supply drive underway

TIPP CITY — Tipp Monroe Community Services is now collecting school supplies for children in need in Tipp City and Monroe Township. Book Bags and school supplies are given out during the last two weeks of the Lunch On Us program, a social service program offered by TMCS since 2007. Last year over 125 children received supplies. There are several blue donation tubs located around Tipp City including the TMCS office located at 3 E. Main St.

The following items are still needed: pencil bags, color pencils, markers, dry erase markers, highlighters, large pink erasers, pencil sharpeners, 5-inch and 7-inch pointed scissors, loose leaf paper (wide and college ruled), flash drives, scientific calculators, index card, and notebook dividers, and glue sticks. Monetary donations are also accepted.

Lunch On Us is a social service program offered by TMCS. Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Tipp City United Methodist Church. For those children who cannot come into town to pick up their lunch, TMCS also has several drop-off locations. Tipp City Schools allows TMCS the use of one of their vans each year to make the deliveries easier.

Visit for a complete delivery route and approximate times, a list of school supplies being collected, collection tub locations, and for information about the program.

Sign up for summer camp

TIPP CITY — Don’t miss the chance to sign your child up for Vacation at the Park Summer Camp. Five of the six weeks are already full. The camp, sponsored by Monroe Federal and Tipp Monroe Community Services, will be held at the Tipp City Park Round House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each Friday, campers will be treated to a pizza party hosted by Thrivent. The cost is $70 for residents and $80 for non-residents per week. For more information on camp and to register, visit

The theme for week four of camp is “Sunny With A Chance Of Showers.” During the week of July 12-16, campers will make rainbows and tornadoes as well as participate in weather related experiments. Guests for the week are McCall Vrydaghs, meteorologist from Channel 7, Vicky Kniseley-Henry, Miami County Health Dept., and Sharyn Ham, Challenge Island.

Nature program planned

WEST MILTON – For children in grades 6-12, join Tanager Tom on Tuesday, July 6, at 4 p.m. on the Milton-Union Public Library lawn to learn about wild animals and how they use their tales to survive in the wild, as well as what it’s like to be an Ohio Naturalist. Registration is required. Contact the Milton-Union Public Library at 937-698-5515 or visit for more information.

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