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There is power in giving. Power in the form of compassion, empathy and collaboration. Power in recognizing that there is a need and that you can do something to help fulfill that need. And let me tell you – our local students are powerful.

Throughout the year, we strive to raise our children to practice the traits of good character such as kindness, generosity, honesty, self-restraint, personal discipline, personal responsibility, respect for others, respect for property, and respect for authority. But it is during this season of thanksgiving and reflection that I find I am especially proud of our students as they give back this holiday season.

For example, our high school basketball teams teamed up to help prepare the community Thanksgiving dinner, serving over 2,000 people; high school students helped with an activity at Awakening Minds Art studio to bring arts to our neighbors with disabilities; and the high school participated in the annual Salvation Army Canned Food Drive, collecting thousands of items to be donated to local families. Later this school year, our Liberty-Benton High School students will participate in a toiletries collection for Hope House, City Mission and other local outreach agencies. They will also create complete senior care kits to be delivered to nursing home residents as well as loose change to purchase supplies for hurricane outreach relief in Florida. Not to mention the individual community service hours our students will spend in the community.

Liberty-Benton Middle School students also participate in the Salvation Army Food Drive and collected 5,701 items this year. In addition, they collected over 150 coats, which will be distributed to local families in need.

And these are just some examples of what our local children are doing to help their community. Service learning is incorporated into so much of what we do and teach at Liberty-Benton. We want our students to feel empowered to make a difference and understand that no task is too big or too small to take on if you do so with passion and perseverance.

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of such a committed and compassionate school district and community, which includes our school staff, who work tirelessly every day to create great experiences for our students – giving their own time and talent to make sure our students are receiving the educational experience they need and deserve.

My hope is that everyone finds time and space this holiday season to give back, express gratitude and surround yourself with the company of loved ones. There is power in that as well. Have a Happy Holiday season!

Mark Kowalski
Liberty-Benton Local Schools


Liberty-Benton Local
School District

Survey #2

2019-2020 Open Enrollment and
Kindergarten Registration

Liberty-Benton Schools will be accepting NEW open enrollment applications and Kindergarten registrations for the 2019-2020 school year beginning Monday, February 4th, 2019.   The registration forms for these enrollment options will be located on this website.

Renewal paperwork for any current open enrolled students will be mailed the week of January 21st, 2019.

Any questions regarding these applications may be sent to Susan Wright at 419-422-8526, or


State’s school superintendent visits Liberty-Benton

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Liberty-Benton STRIDES leaders with Paolo DeMaria, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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December 14th
Liberty-Benton High SchoolStudents of the Month for November Senior Lucas Mattingly has been active in soccer, choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and basketball. He enjoys golfing, hanging out with friends and attending St. Michael’s Refuge Yo…
December 14th
Liberty-Benton High School Staff Member of the Month for November Mr. Lance Stevens is currently in his 15th year of teaching at Liberty-Benton High School. His hometown is Montclair, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from …
November 7th
Liberty-Benton High School Students of the Month for October Senior Chloe Wright enjoys playing the guitar, and she is active in varsity football and basketball cheerleading, student council, FCA, choir, musical, Habitudes, National Honor Society, Nationa…
November 7th
Liberty-Benton High School Staff Members of the Month for October This month we have chosen to honor all three of our high school lunch ladies as a way to say “Thank You” for all of their hard work in preparing our daily meals, and we are happ…
October 11th
Liberty-Benton High School Students of the Month for September Senior Grace Schlumbohm is active in musical, FCA, choir, and is the junior-senior choir rep officer. She is a 10-year member of 4-H, the 2018 Poultry Queen, the 2018 Jr. Fair Queen for Hancoc…