Blog Archives

Join Us for – “Tomorrow’s Learning Today” September 18, 2017 – Early Learning Center – Board Training Room 7 – 8:30 p.m.

WPE and Westerville City Schools are presenting the second of their Tomorrow’s Learning Today series of conversations, which have been designed to foster greater awareness and understanding of how educators are addressing the critical issues that impact out youth, our society, and our school system.

During Emotional Health – In and Out of the Classroom, community leaders, independent experts and school representatives will discuss the impact of students’ emotional health on learning in the classroom, as well as the importance of providing resources that contribute to the overall well-being of students. Topics to be explored in this session include:

  • Factors contributing to a growing number of youth experiencing emotional health issues
  • How academic programming & facilities can impact student emotional well being
  • Aspects of healthy peer-to-peer relationships
  • Support available to students through our schools and community
  • Tools and strategies for parents/community members to support and engage our     youth

invite community meeting



New year! New board! New ideas!

The countdown is on. School begins in just 14 days. And we, at Westerville Partners for Education, are so excited! This summer we said good-bye (and THANK YOU!) to our board member, Stacy Keenan, who will be Hanby’s PTA president again this year, and we welcomed a whole crop of new board members to our organization.

I wanted to start our year by introducing them to you. You’ll be seeing updates from us about their programs and passions all year, so stay tuned! 06bbd7d

John Tansey comes to us from Otterbein’s Chemistry Department. John has volunteered with and exhibited at Starry Night 2014. He helped us out by getting up (super early) to help us out with our Good Day Columbus Starry Night promotion. John has also worked with Blendon Middle School’s Robotics Club and attended our pilot STEAMHub event at Cherrington in May. John is interested in developing partnerships between Otterbein’s science department at Westerville Schools and we are thrilled to have him on board with us!

Jean Trimble is the fantastic whirlwind of energy and innovation at the corePicture_of_me of Walnut Spring’s Media Center. Jean was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014 and is also a parent in the district. She runs the Walnut Springs website ( and worked with WPE to bring in some new speakers for Walnut’s Career Day. Jean’s enthusiasm for innovation and passion for education is contagious and we’re so excited to work with her this year.

Mary Curry is the talented artist behind our beautiful Starry Night logo. She has been a 2546e7blong-time volunteer with WPE-helping us out with design work for the past three years, and we are delighted to have her join our board. Mary is a parent in the district and Art Director at Prism Marketing. She has a lot of fantastic idea on how we can improve the Starry Night experience with better maps, directions, signage and consistent branding throughout all of our programs. It’s going to be a great year!

Julie Nisbet is a parent in the district and 10262012_10202334619820451_920762273370837022_nformer school psychologist in the district. Julie has been working to set up an exciting new tutoring program for WPE. She has a passion for supporting intervention and support for students with reading disabilities and her passion will connect so beautifully with our Books for Break program and the relationship we’ve built with Kiwanis of Westerville to support literacy. Welcome, Julie! Look for more news about our tutoring program coming in the coming months!

Stephanie Henderson, Assessment Practice Leader at Leader OnBoarding, 397fac5joins our board this year and brings her passion for arts education to our mission. Stephanie has been a longtime advocate for the Arts at Westerville North and across the district and will be developing a plan to strength the arts in our schools. Stephanie’s mission supports education at all levels in the district, and we are so excited to work with her and take on this important issue in the district.

John O’Connor actually joined our board a couple of months ago, but I 3081f80wanted to formally introduce him here today. John is President of Westerville Kiwanis and has a passion for supporting literacy. John has been instrumental in working with us to develop the Books for Break program last year and was also one of our pilot Library Volunteers. John volunteered at Starry Night 2014 and is interested in improving the reach and accessibility of our Books for Break program (transitioning it into a classroom experience called Book Bonanza!). John single-handedly collected books from Half Price Books and has leveled hundred of those books on his own. He also took our Books for Break program to the WARM lunch sites this summer. He is a dynamo for literacy and we’re so proud to have him on our board.

Bronwyn Ginty joins our board this year too! To know Bronwyn is to know a fantastic whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm for education and students. 02-07-2014_bf15b9bc-4d8d-4510-9d80-d252e0fb7212_BronwynmodBronwyn volunteered at Starry Night in 2013 and 2014 and was a part of our Starry Night Planning Team for 2014. She is a parent in the district and is Director for the Goddard School on Executive Parkway. We are so excited to have her working with us this year!

MORE Starry Night pics!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

1 in 4 Americans thinks the sun rotates around the Earth



I read about the National Science Foundation survey last month, but it’s been stunning me ever since. 1 in 4 Americans thinks the sun revolves around the Earth? How can that be?

It boggles my mind.

While it is alarming that so many adults in America lack a basic understanding of science, what sticks with me longer is drive to help ensure the growing generation of young minds have access to accurate information about the world and critical thinking skills. Ensuring children in Westerville have access to a high quality education is at the heart of our mission and motivates us to put on events like Starry Night and Books for Break.

I know this dedication to educating our youngest citizens is an important reason our sponsors, partners and volunteers feel so passionately about what we do and contribute their money, time and energy.

With the help of over 200 individuals like you, we’re helping ensure that no child in Westerville thinks that the sun revolves around the Earth.

Be part of this mission. Join our email list. Click here. 

Amy Raubenolt

Starry Night to be featured on Good Day Columbus on Sunday!


Alissa Henry from Good Day Columbus will be featuring Starry Night on Sunday’s broadcast! She’ll be talking with Andy Heck, Cherrington’s principal and WPE Board Member, and checking out some of our exciting exhibits! We’re so excited about this very special opportunity to get the word out about Starry Night and really invite Columbus families into our event. Be sure to tune in to ABC6 from 6:45am-8am and then to FOX28 from 8-10am to get a peek at some of our special exhibits and learn about Starry Night.

And then…come to Starry Night TOMORROW from 2-6pm at Westerville South High School and be amazed by ALL the outstanding exhibits. Build things, dress up in costumes, drive a robot, hear music, dance, plant seeds, check out an amazing car, play with circuits, learn blacksmithing…seriously…You will have a total blast.

Columbus Underground

Check out our article in Columbus Underground this week about Starry Night 2014! Be sure to listen to WCBE on Wednesday at 8pm to hear Amy’s complete interview with Doug Dangler, host of Craft.


Starry Night over State Street

banner bw

Our banner is up this week! Huge thanks to HR Imaging for donating the printing of this wonderful banner to the event. It is so sturdy and we get so many compliments on it. Thank you!

Also huge thanks to Mary Curry for designing the banner! It’s gorgeous! We’re so lucky to have Mary and Kelley Femia (who designed our poster!) willing to donate their time to Starry Night. Their design work breathes life into our concept every year. Thank you!!!



Starry Night Press Release


Starry Night STEAM Festival Returns to Westerville

Hands-On Learning with Columbus’ Premier Educational Organizations

Westerville, OH-March 21, 2014–On Sunday, April 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Westerville Partners for Education (WPE) will host the 2nd annual “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Starry Night” family learning festival at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Avenue. The festival will offer the community interactive learning opportunities with experts from Columbus’ premier educational and non-profit organizations. Geared toward students in preschool through 8th grade and their caregivers and families, the event highlights natural resource conservation with the 2014 event theme, “The World is in Your Hands.”

Generous sponsor support brings diverse exhibitors together under one roof, including the Columbus Astronomical Society, the Westerville Library, the Ohio State University, Otterbein University, Capital University, the Fuse Factory, the Columbus IDEA Foundry, Inniswood Metro Gardens, Dawes Arboretum, and dozens of other organizations. Activities will spotlight robots, wildlife, origami, LEGOs, music, costumes, rockets, art, bonsai trees, the OSU EcoCar, the Dome Theater planetarium, and much more.

Starry Night 2014 features three special engagements open to all. At 3 p.m. the Ohio State University’s Meteorology Club will present members’ experiences tracking tornados and helping storm-affected communities. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. the Ohio Wildlife Center will share live animals, and at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Tom Burns, director of the Perkins Observatory, will treat families to his dynamic astronomy presentation.

Attendees can procure food from the Tortilla Street and Short North Bagel Deli food trucks on-site throughout the day.

“The festival’s approach offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on, project-based learning,” says Cherrington Elementary Principal, Andy Heck. “My students are really looking forward to it.”

Westerville Partners for Education envisions this event as an annual opportunity for families to learn together and to develop relationships with community organizations. “There are so many innovative and fascinating organizations in the area. Starry Night allows us to connect them with students and families, to enrich education and expose young people to new combinations of disciplines,” said Amy Raubenolt, Starry Night organizer. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

Westerville Partners for Education is a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching student learning across the Westerville City School District through innovative programming, engaging community volunteers in schools, and cultivating partnerships with organizations and businesses in support of education. For more information about the event, visit

NEW! Starry Night Event Maps are available!

Now you can get a peek at Starry Night 2014! (We’ll have these maps available at the door, too!)

So many outstanding organizations and businesses are coming. It’s going to be a lot of fun! I cannot wait!

(Click on the Exhibit Maps link below to see the maps in detail since the pictures show up a bit small.)

Exhibit Maps

 CommonsGym for Website BandChoirHall for WebsiteOverall for Websiteauxgym

The Search for Life: Are we alone?

See a clip from one of the shows we’ll be showing in the Dome Theater at Starry Night 2014 on April 6.

%d bloggers like this: