The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

'Tis the season for giving, and two hometown favorites have baked up a sweet deal to help Nationwide Children's Hospital. Through the Sweetness of the Holidays campaign, which runs until Jan. 8, Donatos Pizza customers can buy a special $1 Cheryl's buttercream frosted cookie decorated with the Nationwide Children's logo. All proceeds will benefit the hospital. Also, 50 cents from each 20-ounce bottle of Diet Pepsi sold at the restaurants will go to Nationwide Children's.

It's not too late to help local Scouts fight hunger. Through the end of November, the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America is collecting nonperishable items for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and other local pantries. The organization hopes to exceed last year's Scouting for Food tally of 70,000-plus pounds of food, which equaled 58,333 meals. Scouts have placed bags on residential doorsteps and boxes at churches, schools and stores. For more information, go to

A local fitness training facility has pumped up its offerings with new children's classes. Starting Nov. 28, the Spot Athletics will offer Spot Tots and Spot Minis lessons that focus on gross motor skills, confidence and cognitive development. Classes are broken into ages 18-36 months (parent participation is required), 3-5 and 5-7. The cost is $65 to $75 per month. The kids' program is overseen by founder JL Holdsworth's wife, Michelle Holdsworth, who has 15 years' experience in early childhood development. The Spot Athletics recently expanded its location near Grandview Heights from 8,000 to 20,000 square feet and has plans to open a Dublin site with classes for children 8 and older early next year. Find out more at

COSI's new leader will take the reins at an exciting time. Dinosaurs are coming in fall 2017, thanks to a public-private partnership that includes the venerable American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the Scioto Peninsula Master Plan development boasts an 8-acre park and underground parking garage on the site of the current COSI lots. When he starts Jan. 1, Frederic Bertley (senior vice president for science and education at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia since 2008) will have big shoes to fill. He'll take over for the retiring David Chesebrough, who in his 10-year tenure has been widely credited with innovative exhibits and other strategic moves that reversed attendance declines. In Philadelphia, according to COSI's announcement, Bertley focused on STEM initiatives and improving science education, and co-founded the award-winning Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine-day community event.