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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Sculptor Amy Brier Collaborates: Like ‘Two Artists with One Brain’

BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER As founder and director of the annual Indiana Limestone Symposium, stone sculptor Amy Brier has taught people of all skill levels how to rough out ideas and carve them from local bedrock. In 2000, student Sharon Fullingim came from New Mexico to learn, then returned every summer, eventually becoming the symposium’s director and an instructor of adult hand carving, as well as Brier’s collaborator. The two women collaborated on two pieces that were installed in the summer of 2016, including a major work — Millersville Marker — in the Fall Creek Preserve of Indianapolis’ Millersville neighborhood. The other, titled Constant Gardener, now resides in the community garden of Bloomington’s Arden Place neighborhood. “It’s like we have […]

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Debra Morrow: 
Executive Director, Middle Way House

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s been more than a decade since Debra Morrow finally acknowledged she needed help dealing with an abusive relationship.  She found that help at Middle Way House, the Bloomington nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Eventually, she and three of her four children (one son was attending Purdue University) moved into The Rise!, Middle Way’s transitional housing program. And Morrow, who had dropped out of high school when she became pregnant at 16, decided to return to school. “I was crying so hard while I filled out the application,” Morrow says of her decision to attend Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. “I was sure they wouldn’t take me.” Not only was Morrow accepted at […]

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New Competition for Sandwich Chains: Bloomingfoods Now Delivers!

BY CARMEN SIERING Customers walking into any one of the three Bloomingfoods locations at midday frequently encounter a bustling lunch crowd, and among the most popular menu items, says Operations Manager Paul Read, are the deli sandwiches. Now, thanks to a new delivery agreement with BtownMenus, fans of Bloomingfoods sandwiches don’t have to leave the house or office to get them. “Just last spring we were discussing how to reach a broader audience, and delivery is the way groceries are going in general,” Read says. “No sooner did we start talking about it but BtownMenus let us know that a lot of people were interested in getting Bloomingfoods delivered. After that, it was a pretty straightforward process.” It’s a pretty […]

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