State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the recent passage of Senate Bill 207 by the Ohio House of Representatives, an omnibus bill that designates multiple memorial highways across the state and creates various specialty license plates.

Under the bill, three specialty license plates will be created for the following schools within Rep. Anielski’s district: Independence Local Schools, Solon City Schools, and Lakewood St. Edward High School. With the purchase of the specialty license plates, each school will receive a portion of the funds to be designated for programs, training, or personnel related to the emotional and mental wellbeing of the students. Additionally, for Lakewood St. Edward High School, fifty percent of the funds accrued through the sale of its specialty license plate will be used to provide tuition assistance to its students.

“The specialty license plates are an excellent option for constituents to show their school support.  The selection of additional student resources and programs will be locally controlled by their school administration and principals,” Rep. Anielski said. “Senate Bill 207 will create another opportunity for funding to protect our most precious gifts, our children.”

Ben Hegedish, Superintendent of Independence Local Schools, said, "Our school community is very excited about the opportunity to demonstrate pride in our schools and support the mental health initiatives to help the overall growth and development of our students with the Independence license plates.  As a child advocate, I am always excited to hear of funding that can be used to help our kids."

Jim Kubacki, President of Lakewood St. Edward High School, said, “Our thanks go out to Representative Anielski for sponsoring this legislation.  Our alumni, families, and friends can show their spirit while supporting mental wellness and tuition assistance for our students, both critical factors in their success at St. Edward High School.”

“The new Solon Comets specialized license plate option will allow our residents to show their support for the Solon Schools,” said Superintendent Joseph Regano. “A valuable result of specialized plate purchases will be earmarked support for mental health and well-being programming for our students.”

Senate Bill 207 will now be under review by the Governor.

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