The Journal Gazette
Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:03 pm

Rotary, students join on projects

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Leaders at Holland Elementary School had no shortage of ideas to better the world at their first EarlyAct meeting in October.

Should they organize to help landscape outside their school, create a bigger welcome sign, buy more equipment for the recess area or stock the library with more graphic novels?

Students will learn the Rotary International way of a volunteer project with the help of volunteers from the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club.

The group of about 12 students chosen by their teachers from the third, fourth and fifth grades will create a school project, community project and one that has a global aim.

To qualify for the Rotary effort, called EarlyAct, students had to apply. The group includes a lot of females because the small club takes place during recess, teachers said.

The EarlyAct group follows the procedures of Rotary meetings, including the president calling the meeting to order and the secretary reading the minutes, followed by a treasurer’s report.

The group will meet every second and fourth Monday of the month, said Lizzie Pope, a fourth-grade teacher at Holland who also serves as the lead teacher for the project.

At their first meeting, fifth-grader Jordan Fritz was busily taking notes on her laptop. When asked if she preferred to be president, she said, "Not really, I think I like being secretary."

On hand to answer questions and get the group started were Fred Haigh, Anthony Wayne Rotary president; Carol Kepler, past Rotary president, present with her husband, Jeff; and, John Homrig, Rotary member and a former East Allen County Schools administrator.

While Pope and fourth-grade teacher Ashlie Simpson navigated two groups through a brainstorming session, the eager students learned the difference between a fundraiser and an actual project.

To raise money, the kids went old-school: A bake sale and a lemonade stand were both pitched as possibilities.

Canterbury School

Students are invited to spend the day at Canterbury School. The next visit day is Dec. 2. Area students are invited to pre-register at or email by Nov. 23. Prospective students will attend classes for the day, meet students and teachers and learn more about Canterbury’s college preparatory curriculum. Prospective K-8 students will attend the day at 5601 Covington Road and prospective high school students will attend at 3210 Smith Road.

Trine University

High school seniors can now enter the annual Walter Cunningham Writing Contest sponsored by Trine University. The contest is part of the Department of Humanities and Communication and is open to all high school seniors. If a student is not already enrolled at Trine through the dual enrollment program, they will have to apply to a HAC program.

The writing categories for both college and high school students include academic writing, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The deadline for both divisions is Dec. 1. For more information about the writing contest, contact Sarah Young at or 260-665-4849, or visit and click on Cunningham Writing Contest.


IPFW senior Steve Groff was one of more than 100 to apply and one of 12 accepted for the National Science Foundation-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The 10-week program included funding for travel, tuition, housing, meals and a $4,500 stipend, as well as the opportunity to assist graduate students with faculty-led research. Groff, originally from Putnam County in Ohio, spent the summer learning from faculty members.

His research included looking at the lamprey, one of few animals in the world that can recover from a spinal cord injury, unlike humans.


Descendants of Fort Wayne Central High School (1922-71) graduates are eligible for the following FWCHS Alumni Association Scholarships: $500 educational scholarships for students in first or second year of college within the U.S. or one $1,000 scholarship to a current college junior education major within the U.S. Home-schooled college-bound students will also be considered, but need SAT or ACT scores. For more information, contact Bonnie at or Dianne at; or the Anthis Career Center at 467-1005.

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