BOONE GROVE | Two presentations kicked off the Porter Township school board April meeting Thursday evening.
Jackie Covault, elementary education program coordinator at Purdue North Central, talked about a collaborative effort between PNC education majors and Porter Lakes Elementary School. Covault said the students focus on incorporating literacy into content areas such as social studies while working in the classroom with elementary school teachers.
“I can’t say enough about that school’s climate,” said Covault. “Everybody has been so helpful and accommodating and guiding and mentoring my students.”
Covault said the arrangement has been beneficial for both the university and elementary school students.
“I believe strongly in field experiences for the students,” said Covault. “They have commented they wish every class had a field experience, especially one as good as this.”
Ken Snow, Boone Grove High School science teacher, introduced high school senior Brandon Benninger and his Asian carp fish barrier project, which has won numerous regional and state science fair awards. Benninger will be one of 1,600 students competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., May 12-17.
“Brandon is our most successful research student,” said Snow. “He’s been an outstanding representative of the school.”
“When you become famous and rich from all this, please remember Porter Township schools,” Superintendent Stacey Schmidt said.