Reading goals bring on the slime
CHESTERTON — Brummitt Elementary hosted a Read-A-Thon for its fall fundraiser. The school goal was raising $10,000 and reading 100,000 minutes. If the students reached the goals, the top reader from each grade level and the five students who raised the most money would get to slime Brummitt teachers. The students reached and surpassed both goals and several teachers were slimed in a schoolwide assembly.
PORTAGE — Fegely Middle School students and staff members joined together to read the novel "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. It is a novel about a boy born with a severely deformed face and touches upon the issues of friendship, personal challenges and bullying while teaching kindness, tolerance and acceptance. The idea of a schoolwide reading project came over a year ago and has taken months of fundraising from the school and local businesses so books could be purchased for the entire school. Students were given a copy of the book to keep and will take part in various activities throughout the year to promote the idea of being kind to one another.
Finding out about pumpkins
PORTAGE — When the weather squashed Myers Elementary School's trip to the pumpkin patch, the Portage school's staff brought the pumpkin patch to the students. Karlee Parker's kindergarten class enjoyed learning about pumpkins, especially their gooey insides.
Helping with hurricane recovery
MICHIGAN CITY — Joy Elementary School's National Elementary Honor Society sponsored a drive to assist hurricane victims with cleaning and hygiene needs. The school partnered with the First United Methodist Church in Michigan City. Nine honor society members helped assemble hygiene kits and "flood buckets" for cleaning, which will be distributed by UMCOR. Seventeen buckets and 40 hygiene kits were created. Joy students collected six boxes of supplies and over $300 to assist in the effort.
Knowing Native American ways
VALPARAISO — Valparaiso resident and Native American re-enactor Brandon Scott visited Immanuel Lutheran School's fourth-graders to talk about how Indians lived in the 1700s and 1800s. Scott showed them tools, furs and trade items local Indian tribes would have used.
Using lids to make benches
Last school year, as a community service project with the Duneland Family YMCA, Lindsay Trout’s second-graders collected 400 pounds of plastic lids to use in the making of a bench for Liberty Elementary school playground. The students chose to dedicate the Liberty Elementary Buddy Bench to Rusty Schultz, a classmate who passed away from pediatric cancer. Now third-graders, those students accepted the new bench along with community sponsor James Trout, teacher Lindsay Trout and Jane Delligati of the Duneland Family YMCA.