The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022

Marsh celebrates Black History Month

The Marsh Foundation has been busy with a variety of projects to celebrate Black History Month. Several activities were planned to involve both staff and youth this week.

Daryl Dowdy, director of multicultural affairs at Bluffton University, was on campus to present a staff in-service about black history. The interactive presentation included information on influential African Americans, historical videos and a jeopardy style quiz game at the end.

For the past several weeks, youth at The Marsh have been working on creative projects to honor Black History Month. There were a wide variety of projects turned in, including posters, poems, essays, interpretive dances, bulletin board decorations and much more. First, second and third prizes were awarded to the top projects.

In addition, a special cultural luncheon was held that gave youth the opportunity to learn about African American cuisine. The activities concluded with a game show in the auditorium, ‘Are you Smarter than a Teenager?’ Questions revolved around black history and provided for an entertaining yet educational afternoon.

Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7-17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2-12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.

The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit

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