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Governor Daniels to Sign Dating Violence Law

On Monday, April 12, Governor Mitch Daniels will hold a ceremonial signing for “Heather’s Law,” a bill designed to encourage schools to effectively address issues of dating violence. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 316 is named for Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by her estranged high school boyfriend in 2007. State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) was the primary author of the legislation. She was joined on the bill by Senators Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn), Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), and Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington), and Representatives Gregory Porter (D-Indianapolis) and Robert Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Heather’s Law requires the Indiana Department of Education, in collaboration with organizations that have expertise in dating violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse, to develop or identify model dating violence...

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Northwest Indiana Workshop to Help Youth Workers Reach Disconnected Parents

Although parents care about their children and wish to have positive relationships, lack of time, indiana-youth-instituteeasily accessible information, consumer friendly material or unwilling partners can make it difficult to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship between a parent and the child. The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is offering youth workers in Northwest Indiana an opportunity to learn how to engage disconnected parents who are often non-responsive and apathetic.

Family service providers, parent educators, case managers, social workers, teachers, counselors, outreach coordinators, juvenile justice professionals and law...

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YMCA April 2010 Newsletter "Find out First"

The April 2010 Portage Township YMCA newsletter "Find out First" has just been released! In this newsletter, there are articles on: find-out-first

  • Healthy Kids Day
  • Easter Eggstravaganza
  • Fitness
  • Y-Care/K-Care
  • Teens
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Workshops Slated for Parents of Teens

A Positive Approach to Teen Health is offering three April workshops for parents and teens.PATH_GreenLogoSmallTagline Providing innovative, insightful, and thought provoking methods for parent-teen communication and the strengthening of relationships are nationally-known speakers Adan Madrigal and Jammal Lee. The interactive workshops are free and open to the public:

  • April 20—Hobart Assembly of God, 7545 E. Ridge Rd., Hobart, (Faith-based), Parents & Teens, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • April 21—Cross of Christ Lutheran...

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Local Teens Attend Abstinence Day on the Hill

Eight teens from five Porter County high schools were among students from across the nation to participate in Abstinence Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., March 16-18. PATH_GreenLogoSmallTaglineRepresenting A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH, Inc.) were George Amaya, Zachary Arndt, Ryan Hough, Brianna Largent, Anthony Malcevic, Haley Miller, Ashley Post, and Ashley Spur.

After completing a Tuesday leadership training session, the students and PATH chaperones Jaime Bauer, Wade Breitzke, and Stephanie Morris met with the staffs of Senators Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Congressman Dan Burton...

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On Pine Meadow road in small Northfield Mass where I grew up there was an older gentleman who was my neighbor. His name was Clarence and he was born in 1900. He also grew rhubarb. Many times over the course of my childhood my family would go visit him. There wasn't an agenda and I never had anything important to say but I remember Clarence's stories. He would tell stories of life before vehicles and then of driving the winding roads of our area on dirt roads and living life in the great depression.

It was very interesting as a kid listening to these stories because this man had experienced life in a way I never would. It seemed so foreign to listen to a life without vehicles, or modern day conviences.

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Children that turn 5 before August 1st are able to sign up for kindergarten.kindergarten However, if your child’s birthday falls in late spring or summer, or if you feel your child would benefit from another year of preschool, you might consider giving your child the gift of time and waiting until the next academic year. If you are unsure, discuss this with your child’s preschool teacher or their future principal or kindergarten teacher. Being ready for kindergarten means having well-developed preschool skills, and being academically, socially, and physically ready for the transition.

When students arrive without the basic ability to take turns,...

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Compliments of Portage Christian Church

The City of Portage Street & Sanitation Department received a surprise visit and gifts from Portage Christian Church on March 22, 2010. Members of the church wanted to say thank you to city workers for their service and hard work which is often overlooked and taken for granted by the community.


From left: Gail Kalch, Pam Lewandowski, Melissa & Dave Ramsey, Suzie Szymanski, Larry Winkle, Jack Wood, Pastor Jesse Stoner, Diana Wood, Angela Stoner

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Central Elementary Students Celebrate Different Cultures

Students and staff at Portage Central Elementary were buzzing with excitement. central-elementaryCentral’s first annual Multicultural Celebration took place in December as a way to understand and appreciate all the countries around the world.

Each grade-level represented a different continent. Teachers easily aligned their Indiana State Standards to the reading, research, writing, and presentation involved in their projects and papers. Art and music enjoyed being involved also. The art teacher implemented the creation of artifacts to represent the countries, including African masks, Chinese dragon puppets, penguins, etc. In music the...

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Portage Teacher Goes Above and Beyond

In the month of March, the best artwork of students in Porter County was submitted by teachers to the Arts A Budding Art Show held at the Chapel of Resurrection on Valparaiso University Campus. gretchenrossettiJohn-Ambler-Arts-a-BuddingWhat a tremendous display of creativity fills the walls of this beautiful chapel for two weeks of March. The show is a result of the efforts of area teachers and their desire to honor the young artists in our region and keep the arts thriving. Each student who is selected for this show is called in front of the crowd in a special awards reception and receives a ribbon. The...

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Crisman Elementary Family Movie Night

On March 5, 2010, Crisman School had an Oscar winning evening with parents and students. PTO sponsored our first ever Family Movie Night. Nikki Uzelac, our PTO president was hoping for 50 people in attendance. Instead, there was a whopping 470 parents, staff and students. Everyone received free popcorn and a drink with the movie.

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