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Contest to promote LCS, Downtown Lima

The Lima City Schools and Downtown Lima, Inc. unveiled a new partnership today designed to boost pride and bring more people to school events and to downtown Lima.

Superintendent Jill Ackerman and Downtown Lima, Inc. Executive Director Betsy Billingsley introduced the Spartan Like a B.O.S.S. (Bring On the Spartan Spirit) contest at a press conference at South Science and Technology Magnet School.

The initial phase of the program is to distribute “We Love Our Spartans” yard signs around the community. When supporters get their yard signs, they will also receive a Spartan Like a B.O.S.S. card.

People who complete the tasks on the card this school year will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including a Downtown Lima Experience (dinner, show at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center and a night at the Wingate).

The B.O.S.S. card will include attending student sporting events, concerts and art shows, visiting a downtown business, submitting a picture with the yard sign, and supporting the Lima City Schools and downtown Lima in various other ways. The card contains 18 tasks; Any 12 need to be completed for the chance to win prizes.

There will be someone to stamp the cards at the various events and locations. Cards must be turned back in by May 19, 2023.

Yard signs and B.O.S.S. cards are available in the main office of any of the district’s school buildings. Or call 419-996-3411 or email

Individuals are welcome to take a yard sign even if they do not plan to participate in the B.O.S.S. contest.

Lima City Schools’ staff and Lima Senior students will participate in versions of the B.O.S.S. contest.