A new Hilliard City Schools event will provide community members an opportunity to discover the various programs available to students at the McVey Innovative Learning Center, 5323 Cemetery Road.
The facility's first community fair is scheduled noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The MILC is in its fifth year and is based at the district's former administrative offices adjacent to Scioto Darby Elementary School.
About 900 students from the district's three high schools and three middle schools attend the MILC at some point each day, said Stacie Raterman, a district spokeswoman.
The event is designed to showcase the MILC and its students, staff and programs to parents, other students and the entire community, said Mark Tremayne, director of innovation and extended learning for the district.
Those programs include College Jumpstart, an opportunity for students to begin earning college credits while in high school; Academy EDU, a program for students interested in a career as a teacher; and Academy Vibe, a music-based program in which students receive the experience of working in a professional-grade recording studio.
"We feel there are a lot of people in our community (who) don't know (the MILC) exists," Tremayne said. "We hope this will be a good way to connect more with the community."
Students and staff members from the MILC who will be at the community fair will include Cristin O'Riordan, a teacher, and Sydney McCreary, a junior at Darby High School.
"The teachers have collaborated to showcase something about what our students have done to a real audience," O'Riordan said.
Among the planned activities is a "Genius Bar" at which students will help senior citizens and other adults maximize use of their "smart" devices and students from Vibe will perform music.
McCreary said she wants others students to learn about the programs that could benefit them.
"College Jumpstart is a great opportunity for me and I want to share how it has helped me."
Admission to the community fair is free but organizers are asking for a donation of canned food to benefit the Hilliard Community Assistance Council, which operates the local food pantry.
To learn more about the fair, go to hilliardschools.org/ilcfair.