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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Veterans are getting a little love and remembrance this Valentine’s Day thanks to a collaboration between Bright House Networks and Marion Community Schools.

More than 500 valentines were made by students from Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. They have been busy making valentines all month to share with veterans at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. The project is part of Bright House’s Valentines for Veterans program.

“This is our second year that we’ve partnered and we really hope it will be an annual thing,” said Courtney Gilles, Bright House Networks marketing, PR and event coordinator.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Over 500 elementary students from Marion Community Schools showed their appreciation for veterans as they created valentines as part of Bright House Networks’ Valentines for Veterans program. Bright House Networks donated the art supplies to the students who participated in the project, which was designed to educate students about veterans and the importance of recognizing them throughout the year.

“At the beginning of the project, I was amazed at how many students did not know what a veteran was,” said Karen Fry, art teacher for Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. “As a class, we discussed how much veterans did to protect our freedoms and why they might feel sad or lonely around this time of year.”

The valentines will come as a welcomed surprise to those staying at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. Valentines are also planned to be delivered to the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis. “Recognizing our veterans is an expression of honor and appreciation, said Tammy Thompson, Voluntary Service Specialist at Northern VA Hospital. “Valentines from our community schools give an extra special touch in saying ‘thank you’ who gave so much.”

Bright House Networks hopes the annual project encourages the community the importance of volunteering their time and talents. “We were thrilled that Marion Community Schools wanted to participate again this year,” said Don Williams, Vice President of Bright House Networks Indianapolis. “They do a wonderful job teaching students about our veterans and expressing that appreciation through artwork. Bright House Network is proud to support our veterans and we hope these valentines help make their day a little brighter.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion Community Schools elementaries are having a friendly competition to benefit neighbors in need.

Frances Slocum and Allen elementary schools are having family Valentine’s dances next week, and admission will be a canned or shelf-stable food item, to be donated to local food pantries. The schools are competing to see who can bring in the most donations.

The dances are set as follows:
  • Frances Slocum Elementary, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Allen Elementary, Thursday, Feb. 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
“It’s a small token of appreciation for all that the community does for Marion Community Schools,” said district Family Support Specialist Staici Batchelor. “It’s a night we stop and give back.”

We hope to see all our Frances Slocum and Allen families out at this fun event!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link The Chronicle-Tribune recently focused on the important role mentors can play in the lives of our students.

“Our community has a shortage of mentors and there is a growing voice of young people who are looking for community encouragers to come along beside them in their educational and life paths,” Tammy Pearson, director of Project Leadership, which pairs community volunteers with local high school students for mentoring relationships, told the Chronicle-Tribune. “I just want to encourage as many people as possible who have always wanted to take the time to be involved in a mentoring program to make that one of their 2014 resolutions. There is a place for everyone. We just see the importance and the change that happens when someone agrees to spend some time in a young person’s life."

Marion Community Schools is incredibly grateful to have community support, including that of Project Leadership and Kids Hope. If you would like more information on how you can mentor an MCS student, visit the websites below:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Unfortunately, due to scheduling concerns brought on by weather delays and cancellations, as well as concerns over travel conditions, the MCS family reading night set for Thursday, Jan. 30, has been canceled.
The event may be rescheduled at a later date to be announced.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

All Marion Community Schools families are invited to join the Giants Reading Team at a special family night next week at Justice Intermediate School.

It will be a night of food, fun, giveaways and special guests: Marion Giants winter sports athletes, who will be reading to students.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Justice Intermediate, 720 N. Miller Ave. All families with Marion Community Schools students are invited to attend.

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