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Matt Clauser, 12, a Leo Middle School sixth-grader, stumbles while wearing “drunk goggles” at an EACS health fair Thursday.
Education notebook

Apple links art, social studies lessons

Last Thursday, Irwin Elementary School students in Chris Lech leitner’s second-grade class donned paint shirts and created art with apples, a project related to their social studies lesson on Johnny Appleseed.

Art teacher Cammie Johnson took the opportunity to tie the social studies unit to the apple art project to teach students about patterns and motifs, or the pieces of a pattern.

“I like it when students are able to connect content areas because art is really about life, and social studies is about life,” she said.

Students learned vocabulary and sketched a pattern in their sketchbooks before receiving their apple halves and paint. Students used green, red and yellow paint and apple halves cut in different ways to create patterns on plain white T-shirts.

Eight parents were also on hand to help with the project, which got pretty messy.

“Most of them really enjoy getting sticky with the paint,” Johnson said. “Sometimes the making is more important than the actual product.”

Paint shirts helped students keep their clothes clean, although not all succeeded.


•Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E Washington Center Road, music booster pancake breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria with entertainment by music students. Proceeds support the Fine Arts of Bishop Dwenger High School.

•Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in meeting room C at the Allen County Public Library. The evening’s topic is “Saving Public Education: Get the Facts.”

•Deaflink will offer a Level I American sign language class starting Thursday through Nov. 26. The class will meet 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Parkview Ortho Hospital on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, 11119 Parkview Plaza Dr., at entrance No. 7. The cost of the class is $50. To register, download a registration form at For questions or more information, please contact Garth Sponseller at 441-0551 or


Kosisochukwu A. Igwe, a student at Canterbury High School and Alfred Stovall and Courtney Walker, who attend Carroll High School, were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. as semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. They will now compete for more than 800 Achievement Scholarships to be offered next spring.


Alison Mansfield, a senior at Homestead High School, was one of six people from the Midwest who received the Ten4U $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech will host a College Fair from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Andorfer Commons. The event will feature representatives from more than 20 Midwest colleges and universities. A financial aid information session will be at 8 p.m. For more information, call the Indiana Tech admissions office at 422-5561 or 800-937-2448 ext. 3103.


•In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a free candidate forum, “Election 2012,” will be presented in the Walb Student Union Ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Candidates for local, state and federal offices have been invited to attend. For more information, contact Christopher Riley at 481-6847 or, or visit

Saint Francis

•High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in biology and chemistry are invited to register for the Three Rivers Science Symposium at the University of Saint Francis on Oct. 19. The fee is $20. Deadline for registrations, along with official transcripts and payment is Oct. 8. For more information, call 399-8067 or go to the website for downloadable registration packets at

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