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    EAST CHICAGO — Former city school teacher Dee Etta Wright took on a weighty task when she became principal at Block Middle School in the School City of East Chicago a couple of years ago.

      LAPORTE — Some of the younger children were running on the playground, middle-school students were paying close attention to algebra teacher Stephanie Ruszkowski as she explained multiplying and dividing negative numbers, and a small group of students in fourth- through sixth-grade made muff…

        MUNSTER — A group of Munster High School students is busy during the day with English and calculus classes, but it will be all fun and games when that same group hosts its second annual Improv Nights on Jan. 11 and 12 on the stage of the Munster Auditorium.

        HEBRON — If you see composting bins popping up around town, or your youngster comes home with a bag of food for the weekend, don't be surprised. It's part of a project called, "You Are What You Eat," put together by Hebron Middle School eighth-graders. 


        PORTAGE — The youngsters at Jones Elementary School in Portage were jumping up and down and dancing on the pavilion, clapping their hands and laughing as they grooved to "Cake by the Ocean," by DNCE, and "Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars.

        VALPARAISO — For several years, Lucky, the wheaten terrier, and her handler, Nancy Starewicz, traveled the Region helping young and old with her unique lessons. She came back recently, for a one-day special visit.

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