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Sharm Gunawardena, left, hands a puppy to student Kolten, 8, at Harris Elementary School.
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Raising money for animals in need

Since January, nine students at Harris Elementary have been saving their dimes, nickels and quarters on a daily basis to help a cause they all believe in – animals.

The students from the special ed/functional skills class, along with two aides and their teacher, Kathy McComb, delivered a check for just over $136 to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Thursday.

“I had to ask (my parents) every day for a coin for the collection,” said Sandy Wasson, 11.

The money added up slowly, she said, until one student brought in “a lot.”

Before visiting the shelter, the students enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant where they practiced ordering from a menu and counting out money to pay for the meals.

After watching a canine behavior video, the students enjoyed a tour of the facility and presented a check to the shelter’s educational department.

To the children’s delight, shelter employee Sharm Gunawardena even managed to take two wriggling puppies out of their cage for interaction with the group.

“These kinds of events are a wonderful experience for the students,” McComb said.

The class is made up of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, McComb said.

Every year for the past decade, McComb has chosen a different service project to engage the students. This year it was about cats and dogs.


•Parents of children who intend to enroll in Huntington County Community Schools for next school year are encouraged to attend an upcoming orientation session at their child’s home school. Children who turn 5 before Aug. 1 are eligible to enroll. All immunizations must be up to date. Parents will be asked to provide proof of residence and a birth certificate. The sessions are as follows: Andrews 6-8 p.m. April 25; Flint Springs 6-8 p.m. on April 18; Lancaster 6-8 p.m. April 25; Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. May 7; Northwest 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 23; Roanoke 6-8 p.m. April 23; and Salamonie 6-8 p.m. April 17.

•Focus on Health will be at New Haven High School from 8 a.m. to noon April 20.


»USF senior nursing major Amanda Pedro has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact in recognition of her demonstrated investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities. Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents to acknowledge their motivation and ability in public leadership.

Indiana Tech

•The Indiana Tech admissions office will host an Academic Exploration Day from 10 a.m. to noon April 13 at the Fort Wayne campus. Prospective students for the fall will have the opportunity to meet faculty members and explore Indiana Tech degree programs. For more information or to register, visit or call 800-937-2448, Ext. 3103.

•The Indiana Tech Wellness Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 in the Schaefer Center gymnasium, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit, click Make a Blood Donation Appointment, and enter sponsor code INT with the date, or contact Amy Richardville, 260-422-5561 Ext. 2427 or


•IPFW will host the Northeast Indiana Career Enrichment Fair from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 11 in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse. Organizers expect to have at least 80 employers and 170 recruiters at the event, which will feature job openings with local and national employers with full- and part-time positions as well as internships.


•Trine University has planned its annual Take Back the Night rally and march to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 10, on the north lawn of Best Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place in Best Hall room 229. At 7 p.m., guest speaker Candice Hall of Fort Wayne will share details about her transition from assault victim to survivor. The rally and speech lead up to the march to the “mound” at 7:30 p.m.

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