Chili dinner brings Coshocton Elementary and community together

| February 4, 2016

COSHOCTON – Sixth graders Katie Collins, Kendal Jackson and Chloe Hall were keeping plenty busy before the annual chili dinner at Coshocton Elementary School.

“I like working them,” Jackson said.

The three girls were some of the students who pitched in at the Feb. 3 event. They set up the dessert table and then made signs to let people know what sweet goodies they could choose from.

“I look forward to helping every year,” Collins said.

The chili dinner is a long- time tradition that was carried over when the elementary schools consolidated.

“We get excited for it because it’s something the entire community can come to and it’s an inexpensive dinner for friends and family to get together over,” said Seanda Ramsey, PTO president for Coshocton Elementary School.

The evening also included a book fair in the library and two costumed characters who helped entertain attendees.

“The chili dinner is not a fundraiser for us,” Ramsey said. “We usually break even and sometimes make a little more, but it’s really just something we do for the community. Money from the book fair though is used to give our reading teachers $50 allotments to get Scholastic Books.”

Another nice part of the event is that everyone pitches in. The fifth and sixth grade student council members help clean up and show people where they are going, school staff members make desserts and PTO members volunteer their time.

“Just helping out is what I like most about the chili dinner,” Hall said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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