The Journal Gazette
Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:34 pm

Elementary students learn to give back

Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette

Twice a month, a group of Holland Elementary School students trade their lunchtime recess for a chance to make a difference.

Between sips of milk and bites of food, the 13 members of the school’s Early Act Club spend these Tuesday meetings discussing and planning service projects. They are expected to perform three a year, one each benefiting their school, local and global communities.

The Anthony Wayne Rotary Club has sponsored the club since last school year.

Forming an Early Act Club was one of Rotarian Carol Keplar’s goals when she served as chapter president two years ago because she wanted to help students develop their leadership skills and expose them to volunteering, she said.

Keplar watched as the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders conducted their latest meeting under the guidance of adviser Lizzie Pope.

As the club’s secretary, fifth-grader Bella Hensley typed notes as her peers discussed an upcoming collection benefiting Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center and debated methods to encourage student participation.

"What if Anthony Wayne Rotary challenges you as well?" Keplar asked.

Fifth-grader Rylee Schenkel, who serves as the club’s president, said the Rotarians are older and more mature, so they can bring in more items.

"That doesn’t mean anything," Keplar said, laughing. "They get busy, too."

Rylee said he enjoys making others happy by helping them. He also likes that students outside the club can participate in the service projects.

"It’s cool the whole school can come together," he said.

Indiana Tech

An exhibit of contemporary photography titled "Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July" will be on display in Indiana Tech’s Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery through April 14. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Head Start

Head Start in Steuben County is accepting applications for fall enrollment for children ages 3 to 5. Centers are in Fremont and Angola. Program options include four or five days a week, 31/2 to 6 hours per day. Call 260-495-4775 or 800-551-9819 for an application.


A panel titled "Growing Up in Fort Wayne with Ties to Myanmar (Burma)" is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Walb Classic Ballroom in the Walb Student Union at IPFW. It seeks to explore the diversity of the Burmese community.

Ivy Tech

The special cuisines class at Ivy Tech Northeast will create, prepare and serve world-cuisine themed meals for class credit throughout the semester. Meals begin at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and March 9 and at 6 p.m. March 30 in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Cost is $25. Wine costs extra. Reservations are required. Go to or call 481-2243.


Northwest Allen County Schools will hold kindergarten roundup from 6 to 7 p.m. March 21 for children who will be 5 on or before Aug. 1. Before the roundup, parents and guardians should call the school their child will attend.

Saint Francis

University of Saint Francis nursing students Elle and Caley Schoenherr traveled to Haiti to meet with Dr. Eugene Maklin and to deliver surgical tools and microscopes to New Hope Hospital. The equipment was donated by the school’s surgical technology program and biology department.

Girls on the Run

Registration is open for Heart & Sole, the Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana’s middle school program. The program inspires middle school girls to be joyful, healthy and confident and uses running games, discussions and personal reflection to teach life skills. At the end of the program, girls are prepared to complete a 5K race. The sites are Woodside Middle School and Oak Farm Montessori School. Fees range from $25 to $110, according to household income. The season runs from March 14 to May 25. Go to for more information.

Manchester University

Haylee Parrish, a Manchester University junior from Andrews, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this spring. Parrish will study Japanese language and culture at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, from April to mid-July.


Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in policy and practice, has selected 20 teacher leaders as fellows of the inaugural Indiana Teaching Policy Fellowship. Fellows include Dominique Barnes of Holland Elementary School, Christopher ­McGrew and Jean Russell of Haverhill Elementary School, Robert McKerr of Carroll High School and Jessica Carlson of Garrett Middle School.


•Registration is open for Concordia Lutheran High School’s summer camps. Athletics, music and robotics are among the choices. Concordia also is offering summer classes for all area students in grades 8-12. Go to for more information.

•The National Soccer Coaches Association of America awarded Andy Stout, physical education teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School, with the 2016 Regional Coach of the Year for Youth Girls in the North Region. He was nominated by the Fort Wayne Sport Club after guiding the U16 Girls Strikers to the Presidents Cup National Championship Game. He was also named a finalist for the 2016 Indiana Soccer’s Girls Travel Coach of the Year Award for his work with the Sport Club.


The Indiana Association of School Principals has announced the 2017 Rising Stars of Indiana. Each Indiana high school could recognize up to four 11th-graders. These Allen County students made the list: Ethan Anderson, Collin Cahill, Nicole Gloudemans and Ryan McArdle of Bishop Dwenger; Emma Case, Rishubh Jain, Aarnval Lal, Keegan McArdle of Canterbury; Abbey Brennan, Caroline Elmer, Hannah Koch and Benjamin Loshe of Concordia Lutheran; Elizabeth Faulkner, Kayla McGuire, Kiersten Nichter and Jackson Parrish of East Allen University; Abram Beard, Jerome Lechleitner, Jamie Slaughterback and Calen Springer of Heritage Jr.-Sr. High School; Jodi Camino and Susan Chen of Homestead; Conner Partaker, an Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities student from Fort Wayne; Gina Becker, Chloe Bremer, Erica Miller and Jaxson Savieo of New Haven High School; Donovan Bouwers, Katherine Moravec, Mallory Potter and De’Aundre Snow of Northrop; and Emma Baughman, Lucas Bertsche, Jenna Cummins and Kate Schmidt of Woodlan Jr.-Sr. High School. 

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

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