Letter to the Editor: Chargrin Valley Times, June 13, 2019

Legacy of Judge Henry

I had the pleasure of participating in the Caveman Crawl 5K Run/ 1 mile walk Sunday morning at the West Woods Nature Center. The race takes its name from the hilly terrain of the park and its natural cave feature called Ansel’s Cave. This event is a fundraiser for the Chip Henry Institute—a summer outdoor adventure camp/activity program for youth grades 5-10, put on by the Geauga Park District, established as a memorial to the late Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, former Geauga County probate and Juvenile court judge and avid outdoorsman.

In my career as a social worker, working with students who exhibited challenging behaviors, I spent a significant amount of time in Judge Henry’s courtroom advocating for vulnerable students and appreciate that his legacy includes both his passion for caring about children and youth who appeared in his  courtroom, as well as interest in their exposure to and understanding of our natural environment.  

Thanks to the Geauga Park District for hosting this event and for all the volunteers and sponsors who make it happen and to the Henry family for continuing to support the values of environmental education and conservation and for sharing this legacy with us.  

Barb Partington

Munson Township

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