The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Olivia's Potty Adventures

Looking to shake up the standard assortment of Easter candy? Try IT'SUGAR at Easton Town Center, where a 1,600-square-foot store offers a highly unusual assortment of sweet treats. Need a 1-pound gummy bunny? How about the world's largest box of Nerds? Teenagers (and parents) might appreciate the line of Saturday Night Live products (think Schweddy Balls candy and Colon Blow cereal). Easton is the 100th store for the chain, which claims the title of world's largest specialty candy retailer.

Dublin Scioto High School was one of 50 across the country to land a $10,000 R.I.S.E. America grant from NBC and the Educational Theatre Foundation. The program, which provides funding to high school theater departments, required entrants to submit a video about their program, a 500-word essay and a recommendation letter. Dublin Scioto is one of just two Ohio schools on the list (the other is in Cincinnati), chosen from among 1,000 applicants. For more information, check

Three Central Ohio students won top honors and college scholarships in the 2017Take Action Video Contestfrom the Ohio attorney general's office, which challenged high schoolers to create clips related to smartphone privacy, social networking scams or strong passwords. The winners were: first place,Aujolie Baker, Arts & College Preparatory Academy, $2,500 for her video, “Internet Treasure”;Hailey Phister, Dublin Coffman High School, $1,500 for “Keep It Safe”; and third place,Nicholas Kudlapur, Logan High School, $1,000 for “Password Protection.” Go to for links to the winning videos.

Potty-training books are hardly novel. But a Central Ohio author has added a new dimension to the category with a title in which the main character is African-American. According to authorTerreece M. Clark, “Olivia's Potty Adventures” fills a much-needed void in the market for children of color.Preorder sales put the book in the top spot on Amazon's New Release Multiculturalism and Potty Training categories before it was released Feb. 13.

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