Local Focus: The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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Tax time is here again. This year, you can satisfy the IRS and do some good at the same time. TaxSlayer is donating 15 percent of new e-filers' fees to Nationwide Children's Hospital. The initiative runs through the federal filing deadline, which is April 18. For more information, go totaxslayer.com/nationwide_childrens_hospital.

TaxSlayer is the latest company to join forces with Nationwide Children's. Tween-favorite clothing retailer Justice launched a holiday customer-donation campaign to benefit the hospital's Research Institute; in early February, the company presented a check for $1,472,837.

Three local teachers were honored by the Columbus Symphony with 2017 Music Educator Awards. Winners were: Cynthia Bush, director of orchestras at Columbus Academy, who has been teaching full time for 30 years; Bruce Carlson, director of bands at Dominion Middle School, part of Columbus City Schools, who has been teaching since 1991; and Tatiana Kats, artistic director and founder of the Columbus International Children's Choir, who also founded the Columbus Music and Art Academy and Central Ohio Singing Competition.

Winners will receive a $2,500 grant and will be honored at an April 22 dinner preceding a CSO concert. For more information, go to columbussymphony.com.

Ohio drivers can buy a new specialty license plate to support the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies. The design, available through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a $35 fee, bears a handprint and a “Kids First” message. The OACCA, a statewide child advocacy organization that supports at-risk youth, gets $25 from the sale of each specialty plate. For more information, go to kidsfirstplate.org.

COSI has cooked up some new meal options in the Atomic Café. Director of communications Jaclyn Reynolds said when the science center changed its food vendor in September, it added healthful options for parents and brought in Bean Sprouts to oversee the kids' menu. The California-based company runs cafés in other science centers and museums.

The Bean Sprouts area is set apart with a lower, kid-friendly counter. The adorable entrees (sandwiches cut into fun designs and pizzas with artfully arranged toppings) include a Grilledzilla grilled cheese and P-Moji Pizza. Kids' meals are $5.50 to $7.95 and include organic applesauce or veggie tots, made with cauliflower and broccoli. Check it out atcosi.org/visit.