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The Children’s House and Adelaide’s World Saver

The Children’s House and Adelaide’s World Saver

When it comes to climate change, some people get it and some don’t. Six year old Adelaide definitely gets it. Adelaide is a student at The Children’s House, a Montessori based school located in northwest Indianapolis. Recently, Earth Charter’s Jim Poyser led a nine week session on climate change at the school. Among the many activities of the program, the children measured their carbon footprint, made bumper stickers and toured several sites where people are combating global warming. Behind the school is a small wooded area. As part of their work, the children went there and imagined what would happen…
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Krueger Middle School Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Krueger Middle School, Michigan City, won a 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. 41 organizations and companies were nominated; five won awards and Krueger was the only school included among the recipients. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) administers the award, which is given annually to “companies or organizations that utilize innovative environmental practices through programs and technologies that reduce waste, save money and contribute greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts. These successful projects benefit the health and welfare of Indiana’s communities and the state as a whole.” Krueger is fortunate to be situated on a 100-acre campus, which…
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Indy Reads

Indy Reads Location: 2450 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 For non-profits to survive, they must innovate and create sustainable funding streams. “As an organization as a whole, we rely too heavily on grants and individual donors. One year it’s there, one year it’s not,” said Travis DiNicola executive director of Indy Reads. As not-for-profit organization Indy Reads uses volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. In Marion County, an estimated 100,000 adults read at the lowest level of literacy. Programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a second language instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at…
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IPS CENTER FOR INQUIRY MAGNET SCHOOLS

IPS Center For Inquiry Magnet Schools Locations: 725 N. New Jersey St. (#2) (317) 226-4202 440 E. 57th St. (#84) (317) 226-4284 545 E. 19th St. (#27) Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 226-4227 “We envisioned a place where everyone was learning together — the parents, the community, the teachers, the students.” –Director Christine Collier “It’s a place for kids to discover their passions and explore those passions,” says Christine Collier, head of Center For Inquiry (CFI) magnet schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) system. In a time when public school teachers have been targeted by many a self-proclaimed school reformer, Collier…
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Farm Works Indy

Farm Works Indy

Urban farmer Matthew Jose started Big City Farms five years ago, which is a farm in Indianapolis that offers CSAs shares as well as sales to local restaurants. Jose trades the property owner a CSA share for the farm use of the previously unused grass space at the Midland Arts & Antique Market in downtown. This year, Jose collaborated with his friends Annie Hostetter and Kira Brady to create a summer youth farmer apprenticeship program, Farm Works Indy. They recognized the needs for both meaningful youth employment opportunities and increasing food access for Indianapolis residents. Farm Works employs four IPS…
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