Archive for October, 2013


Fire Safety Day

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The sirens and flashing lights that appeared at the Pioneer Center last week brought smiles and cheers, as emergency service employees from the Union Township Fire Department came to teach students about fire safety. The firefighters from Union Township have been visiting Pioneer for more than a decade for the annual Fire Safety Day.

Brian Prickett, Tim Grimm, Jim Thompson, and Jordan Thomas, of Union Township Fire Department, shared fire safety guidelines and gave the students a tour of their fire truck and ambulance.  Prickett and Grimm assisted the students in operating a hose and revealed the details of their truck. Thompson and Thomas demonstrated fire safety techniques inside the gymnasium, and showed students what their gear looks and feels like. Those fire fighters made certain that this day was informational, as well as enjoyable.

Thank you Union Township Firefighters, for all of the valuable service you provide to our community!ff 072




Nashville Musician Plays for Pioneer Students


Everyone at the Pioneer Center got a sweet pre-Halloween treat last Wednesday when Scott Collier, a Nashville-based musician and Ross County-native, visited the school to sing for the students. Scott’s presence was a real present for the students. He sang in the courtyard, strumming an acoustic guitar. Afterwards Scott was gracious enough to sign autographs for students.

Scott has a personal connection to Pioneer, as he is the relative of a current student. Moreover, his mother, Doris Collier, used to serve as teacher’s aide some time ago, and was a foster mother to a former Pioneer student.

Interestingly, this was not Scott’s first performance at Pioneer, he is sang here as a very young boy. We were all very happy to see Scott return to Pioneer, still doing what he loves, and doing it very well. We sincerely thank Scott for sharing his talent and his big heart with us.

Check out Scott’s website here where you can listen to his music, check out tour dates, pictures, and much more!DSC_0179


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Cowboy Day: Blake’s Take

Blake poses with his teach Paul Lincke

Blake poses with his teacher Mr. Paul Lincke

Blake Tinker served as special reporter/communications assistant last week to provide a student perspective on Cowboy Day. Here is his special report:

This is Blake Tinker and my experience at the Black farm. On October 16, 2013, the Pioneer Center had cowboy day at the Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center in Ross County. The kids were surprised to see different kids and adults dressed up. A few of them were from Southeastern High School and Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. I took pictures of the kids that went for cowboy day for development purposes. I wanted to add my likes, taking different pictures of the kids even if they have a disability or not. I helped the photographers Patrick and Sam for the Pioneer School as an assistant by taking pictures of the kids along with his. I also wanted to add he does everything he can to help out the community so he is looking for other ways to do that, like job tours and sites.

Editor’s Note: Thank you Blake, for your excellent article and photos. You did a great job!