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About fifteen 7th and 8th grade students have been staying after school three days a week for the new Lima West Middle School Extension Program. They participate in activities that expand on what they learn in the classroom.

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Students of Lima West Middle School took a break from the books and learned about some life lessons this morning. The Positive Lifestyle Program was brought to the students to teach them about positive paths toward success. The program brings in African-American speakers to share their life journey and how they got to where they are today. The program not only teaches the students about making the right choices toward a career path but also teaches them about self-esteem, cultural tolerance and exposure to new careers. The students may walk away with a new role model.

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Students at one area middle school got the chance to show off their singing and professional skills at Wednesday evening's dinner theater. Career connections and choir students from West Middle School hosted Dinner with Walt, a Disney-themed dinner theater. Throughout the night the choir students performed a number of popular Disney tunes, while career connections students prepared and served a spaghetti dinner. One of the teachers who organized this event says it's a great way for students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the real world.

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Lima West Middle School CTAG students are gearing up to make a statement in our state's capital. Tuesday(4/30) is the annual "We are the Majority" drug-free rally that is held in Columbus. This event was originally organized by the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, which draws in students from around the state.

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Students at Lima West Middle School got a chance to host a special type of career fair Friday morning. The fair took on a wax museum theme, where students pretended to be wax people of their chosen career. Their job was to stand still until someone approached their booth and pushed a button. The student would then come alive and act out his or her profession by giving a report and using poster board to display what their job entails.

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Students from Lima West Middle School served up a meal that put their skills to the test.

Students in the Career Connections class have been studying hospitality and tourism with their teacher Rachael Lesko. To help put some of those lessons into practice, the students ran a "restaurant" where they served spaghetti for lunch.