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Shown discussing LifeWise Academy at Central Local Schools are donors Betty (left) and Terry Penner, and Rhonda Samples, LifeWise Academy program director for Central Local Schools.

SHERWOOD — LifeWise Academy has announced that it will launch at Central Local Schools in the fall of 2022.

Following the successful launch of its programming at Ayersville Local Schools and Defiance City Schools, Terry and Betty Penner of Defiance are supporting efforts to get another Defiance County LifeWise Academy up and running.

The Penners have contributed $1,000 from the Terry and Betty Penner Advised Fund that is part of the Defiance Area Foundation.

“We are excited about the opportunity for students to learn values, such as honesty, kindness and perseverance during released time (religious instruction) during the school day,” said Terry and Betty. “We believe these academies will make a difference in the lives of many students, and are thankful to have this opportunity at Central Local and hopefully in all the Defiance County schools.”

Fundraising efforts are underway, with funds collected to be used to pay academy teacher(s), provide transportation of students to the LifeWise classroom, which is not on school property, and for faith-based student materials.

Students in grades 1-5 will be eligible to take part in LifeWise Academy at Central Local Schools, with classes held at Sonrise Community Church.

LifeWise Academy is based in Hilliard and is a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program that provides character-focused, bible-based education to public school students.

With parental permission, students are released from school during the day to attend classes that are off school property, one hour per week.

For more information about the Central Local LifeWise Academy, call Rhonda Samples at 419-783-1331, or send an email to,

Donations/checks can be made payable to: LifeWise Academy, P.O. Box 1179 Hilliard, OH 43026 (write Central Local LifeWise Academy in the memo line).

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