Briefly, Feb. 24

Board of education to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cafetorium of Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

Area spelling bee today at TMS

Tiffin City Schools is to host the Seneca-Wyandot Local Spelling Bee for area fifth- through eighth-graders at 4 p.m. today in the Tiffin Middle School Cafetorium.

Sixty-five students from six schools were selected to represent their schools in this level of competition. The bee will end with the determination of four winners. These four students will advance to The Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee March 14. The winner of the Blade’s spelling bee will represent northwest Ohio and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., near the end of May.

TU celebrated language Day

International Mother Language Day was celebrated at Tiffin University for the first time Thursday.

A group of Bangladeshi graduate students organized the event and shared the history behind the day.

Feb. 21 was declared The International Mother Language Day by UNESCO to recognize the sacrifice made by the martyrs of language movement of Bangladesh. In 1952, police open fired on the peaceful demonstration of students and the public at Dhaka, a city of former East Pakistan, now the capital of Bangladesh. They were protesting against the oppressive declaration of the Pakistani government, which refused the recognition of Bengali, the language of the majority, and stated Urdu as the only state language of Pakistan. Twelve men died in gunfire and more than 95 were injured. It is thought to be the first time in history that people died to protect their mother language.