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Madison Students Donate to Animal Welfare

Instead of a gift exchange, first-graders in Amy Swihart’s classroom at Madison Elementary School donate to the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County each year.
“We call it ‘Enriching the Lives of Our Furry Friends,’” said Swihart last night at the third annual event. “All kids love animals, so they want to help.”
“I love it because it’s teaching philanthropy to the children. A lot of kids don’t have that in their life. It makes you feel good,” said Darla McCammon, AWL executive director.
Giving to the shelter doesn’t cost much, Swihart said. A person can donate something as simple as their stack of newspapers.
“Dog food is very helpful right now because of the prices,” McCammon suggested.
At the start of each school year, Swihart tells parents to start saving their newspapers. Three weeks before the event, she sends out an email reminding parents of the event. The parents and children then deliver the items to the AWL, with the first-graders taking some time to pet and play with the animals. After the donation was made yesterday, the students and their parents went to McDonald’s for the class’s monthly play night.
“For the age of her kids, she’s a great teacher,” McCammon said.
Swihart said she has a great bunch of parents. She also challenged the other schools in the community to collect for the animal shelter. If just all the Warsaw schools did something in December, she said the shelter would have a lot more of the stuff it needs for the cats and dogs it houses.
The shelter is always in need of the following items: clay cat litter, pet food, paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, bleach, almost all office supplies and printer inks (call for types), soft towels, disinfecting wipes, Neutra-air freshener refill cans, Frontline for fleas, dish soap, toilet tissue, hand soap, Kleenex and Staples rewards coupons. These items can be brought to the shelter during open hours.
The animal shelter is at 3489 E. CR 100S, Pierceton. For more information, call 574-267-3008; visit its website at; or find it on Facebook at AWLeague.
McCammon said the shelter has a capital campaign going on now to raise money for a new shelter. Contributions are greatly appreciated, she said.

Animal Welfare League Executive Director Darla McCammon (R) accepts the donations from Madison Elementary School first-grade teacher Amy Swihart (C) and her students Thursday afternoon. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union

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Washington Students Present on Insects, Weather

Second- and third-grade students at Washington STEM Academy Thursday afternoon demonstrated what they learned about insects and severe weather to the community.
The annual Teachers Credit Union-sponsored Lego® Robotics night was held in the school gym from 6 to 7 p.m.
According to second-grade teacher Derek Pike, the second-graders have been studying insect life cycles while the third-graders studied severe weather through project-based learning.
“Through all their learning, their final culminating project was to share what they learned with the community,” Pike said.
The insects his class looked at included butterflies, dragonflies and cicadas.
As part of their projects, his students had to present what they learned about an insect’s life cycle, predators, habitats and body parts.
Students then used Lego WeDo® robotics to build a creation with moving parts. They could program the robots to flap its wings or climb a tree or whatever else an insect may do.
The last piece of the presentation was a trifold with all the information about the insect on the board.
“It’s kind of like an expo where kids present their learning,” Pike said.
Students started studying insects at the start of the school year. In October, they started on their robots. Last week, Pike said, they made their trifolds.
The other second-grade teachers are Kara Nieter and Josh Wall.
Third-grade teachers are Kandi Kessler, Tad Nieter and Lisa King.
Nieter said the third-graders had four questions to answer for their projects on natural disasters. The first three questions were: What happens before, during and after severe weather? Each group then picked their own question to answer for the fourth one.
“We broke into five groups for each third-grade class,” Nieter said. “Each group decided what project they wanted to do.”
Students did their research on Encyclopedia Britannica on the Internet. They built research packets, made robots displaying what their natural disaster was and the effect it could have, and then made 3D prints to add on to the robots.

Washington STEM Academy third-graders Khareus Miller (R) and Jeremiah Dawson work on their severe weather project. They focused on twisters. Also in their group but not pictured is Caleb Aukeman. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union

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Leesburg Elementary School Fourth Graders Engineer Roller Coaster

Leesburg Elementary fourth grade students demonstrated an example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), project-based learning during the month of December. Fourth grade teachers prepared an application process for the students to apply for a roller coaster engineering team.
The students were required to complete an application and write a persuasive essay. The top candidates will be picked to interview with the teachers and staff. The selected candidates will form an engineering team and build a K’Nex roller coaster.
The students will also create a sign-up system for other students to play with the roller coaster during indoor recess. The engineering team will be responsible for the care and repair of the coaster.
This is just one of the many examples of STEM activities and project-based learning designed by grade level teachers at Leesburg Elementary School.


Warsaw Community Schools Donations to Toys for Tots

Warsaw Community Schools challenged each school in the district to donate new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, an annual service project for the schools. The WCS bus drivers gathered up the toys from each school and WCS Central Office on Friday, December 5, 2014. WCS is proud to announce they gathered 1,145 toys.
WCS also received a call from local radio station, Willie 103.5, stating if the toys were taken to Walmart on Friday evening, a sponsor, R & B Car Company, would match the number of toy donations. As a result, WCS was able to donate 2,290 toys.
Jason Pogue of Willie 103.5 shared “This is the largest number of toys we have collected. Just the week long Willie 103.5 Toy Drive donations totaled 6,620.”
WCS would like to thank the staff, students, and parents for their donations to give back to their community and fulfilling dreams at this holiday time.


Warsaw Senior Finally Advances in Robotics Competition

For the first time in his four years of robotics, Warsaw Area Career Center senior Caleb Schooley will advance to the state VEX Robotics competition.
He qualified for state at the qualifying tournament Saturday hosted by Warren Central at Stonybrook Middle School, Indianapolis. State competition will be in March at Warren Central’s fieldhouse.
Seventy-four teams competed Saturday, with Warsaw taking three teams, according to Robotics Club co-coach Abbi Richcreek.
Schooley’s team was named 4417C, and he was assisted by Gabe Perez.
“Caleb has been taking classes in the engineering and technology department the last four years and he’s well-deserving of qualifying for the state competition,” Richcreek stated. “It’s the first time that he has qualified for state. His design has really evolved to an impressive robot.”


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Cook To Speak on Experience As First Black Warsaw Teacher

The Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will hold its 27th annual ceremony at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center, Grace College, Winona Lake, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited. The event is free, but donations are welcome. Pictured (L to R) are, first row: Rachael Hoffert, committee secretary; Marsha Cook, retired Warsaw Community School Corp. teacher, guest speaker; Gennie Brissette-Tipton, committee member; John Lowe III, committee president; second row: Edna Bruner, committee treasurer; Wendy Long, WCSC director of language programs and contributor to the committee; Dr. Bill Katip, Grace College president, committee at-large member; third row: Dr. David Hoffert, WCSC superintendent; Ken Locke, committee member; and Steve Wise, Grace College, committee member. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union



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