New Coaching Program Helps At-Risk High School Students

BY JANET MANDELSTAM High school students at risk of not earning a diploma have extra support this year thanks to a new pilot program that places eight educational coaches at 10 schools in southwest-central Indiana. Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington launched the Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative to improve graduation rates, prepare students for postsecondary options, and ensure a qualified workforce for regional employers. Educators at each of the schools, including Bloomington High School North and Bloomington High School South, identify the at-risk students who will work with the coaches. Coaches report to Trudy Shaw at Ivy Tech. “They meet with the students every week and review their grades, attendance, and any disciplinary issues,” she says. […]

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B-town Producer’s WWI Film Has 
Special Meaning for Local Resident

BY RODNEY MARGISON When Richard Darling read in Bloom (Dec. ’16/Jan. ’17) about local filmmaker Jo Throckmorton’s latest project — a reenactment of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I — he was instantly intrigued. “I would love to see the film because my dad was there and was wounded at Meuse-Argonne,” Darling, 82, says. His father, Robert Darling, was not quite 21 years old when war was declared in April 1916. “We, as men students, were all expected to enter the armed services of our country,” Robert wrote in his memoir. Within a day or two, he and several of his buddies at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, enlisted in the 6th Illinois Infantry of the Illinois National Guard, […]

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Wylie House Heirloom Seed Sale March 4 Supports Genetic Diversity

BY ERIN HOLLINDEN Growing interest in sustainability, food justice, and biological diversity — not to mention local history — has been good news for the Wylie House Museum’s annual Heirloom Seed Sale. For $2 a packet, visitors can buy not just flowers, herbs, and vegetables, but living links to the past. Wylie House, 307 E. 2nd St., was built in 1835 and was the home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. It is administered by IU Libraries, and, says Director Carey Beam, the museum’s buildings, collections, and grounds serve as a resource for multiple IU programs. The museum’s gardens and seed-saving program also serve as resources for the larger community. “We’ve seen a rise in interest as […]

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New Law Will Allow Adoptees Access to Their Birth Records

BY JANET MANDELSTAM Not having access to the record of your birth is like “reading a book with the first chapter missing,” according to Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records (HEAR), a nonprofit organization that has lobbied successfully to open Indiana adoption records. Indiana sealed adoption records in 1941, and while it permitted adult adoptees access to their birth records beginning in 1994, it didn’t make the law retroactive. That meant the records of anyone adopted between 1941 and 1993 remained closed. Last year, after a long and concerted effort by open-records advocates like HEAR, the governor signed a bill that will allow all Indiana adoptees access to their original birth certificates and adoption records. However, the change doesn’t become […]

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Dr. Seuss’ Characters Come Alive at Monroe County Public Library Event

BY BARB BERGGOETZ If attendance in previous years is any indication, on Saturday, March 4, about 500 preschool- and elementary-age children and their families will converge on the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) to see beloved Dr. Seuss characters come alive. The occasion is Seusspicious Behavior, which celebrates the birthday of the famed author of more than 40 children’s books. This year, Bloomington High School North advanced acting class students will offer four 20-minute performances based on the stories “Yertle the Turtle” and “Gertrude McFuzz” during the free annual event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Other activities include games and crafts designed to highlight the importance of reading. Francesca Sobrer, Bloomington North theater program director and drama teacher, says […]

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