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Santa Visits Preschoolers

A very special visitor stopped by the Early Childhood Center this week to deliver presents to the students. Their smiles tells the rest of the story.




Pioneer School’s Holiday Program 2014


Health & Respite Applications 2015

New Health & Respite Applications will be available January 1, 2015 for the 2015 calendar year.


Please contact Cindy Elliott at 740-773-8044 or celliott@rossdd.org for your 2015 application.


Connecting on the Court – Pioneer Pride Shone Strong


After it’s all said and done, the game of basketball is just that — a game.

When you have a talent and have the chance to share your gift with someone who isn’t able to do all of the things you are capable of, taking advantage of the opportunity can be life-changing for everyone involved.

The Zane Trace boys basketball team had the chance Monday to share an afternoon with the Pioneer Center’s Tigers basketball team. For the Tigers, a team made up of young adults with developmental disabilities, the sharing made Monday a truly special afternoon.

Read the full story here.


-Story and Photos Courtesy of The Chillicothe Gazette


Former Pioneer Student Pens Children’s Book


Pictured: Allison Shoemaker (right) stands next to Pioneer Center Communications Director, Patrick McFadden (left), for a post-interview snapshot.

What began as a college writing assignment for a Chillicothe native, has ended up becoming a published children’s book.

Her studies are what put Allison Shoemaker on the path to becoming a published author.

Diagnosed with autism as a child, Shoemaker attended school at the Pioneer Center in Ross County before moving on to the Chillicothe City School System, and then on to college at Ohio University. That’s where she first penned “Mr. Rooster and His Magic Hammer”.

Read the rest of the article here!