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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Kindergarten teacher Angie Kindler shows her students how close they are to reaching their goal for canned food collections for National Homelessness and Hunger Week.
Education Notebook

A lesson in counting, helping others

Angie Kindler’s kindergarten class huddled around the whiteboard Thursday, watching as each classmate added a sticker to the graph.

“Which do we have more of,” Kindler asked, pointing to the rows of stickers above photos of boxes, cans and bottles in her Whitney Young Early Childhood Center classroom.

“Boxes!” the students shouted in response after counting six boxed items and four canned items.

Thursday’s lesson was in part designed to help students learn about counting and determining which column had more food items accounted for – and another part helping others, Kindler explained.

The food items collected as part of National Homelessness and Hunger Week will be donated to the Associated Churches and Letters Carriers Branch No. 116 to help local families in need.

Kindler said by the middle of the week, the class had gathered 40 items. Thursday’s collection added another 53 for a total of 93, just a few items shy of the 100-item goal.

“Do we want to get 100?” she asked as the kindergartners counted the last of the boxes, bottles and cans.

“YES!” they shouted.

“What if we collect 101?” she asked.

The class erupted in cheers.


•The Northrop High School Parent Teacher Student Association is hosting its third annual College & Career Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The free event is open to all middle and high school students and their families.


•A panel of experts on the impact, life and writings of famed author C.S. Lewis will be at Huntington University at 7 p.m. Thursday for the next segment of the Forester Lecture Series at Huntington University. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons at HU.


•Grace College will be hosting Devin Brown who will give a commemorative lecture on C.S. Lewis at 7 p.m. Friday. The event will be held in Westminster Hall.


•The Diversity and Community Engagement week at IPFW will be today through Friday. Events include: Community Service Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Walb Student Union Ballroom; NOH8 Campaign with Ivy Tech from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Walb Student Union Ballroom; Diversity Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Walb Student Union Ballroom; Dance Marathon from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Walb Union International Ballroom.

•The Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute at IPFW, in partnership with the Indiana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be hosting a site to commemorate International Survivors of Suicide Day. The program will be in the Rhinehart Music Center, Room 235, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ivy Tech

•The African American Male Initiative at Ivy Tech will host a “Thrift Shop to Top Shop Fashion Show” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive.

•A robotics building competition “First Lego League” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing.

•Ivy Tech will host a Program Demonstration Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at The Steel Dynamics, Inc., Keith E. Busse Technology Center on its North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive.

Saint Francis

•The University Singers and Jazz Ensemble of the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will collaborate on a free fall concert on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium at 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne.


•The Study Abroad and International Student Services offices at Trine University will sponsor a celebration from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Fabiani Theatre in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center as part of International Education Week.

•Trine’s Musical Theatre and Opera Ensemble is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Furth Annex, 205 W. Maumee St. The concert is free.

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