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From left, Joshua Landon, 17, Erin Landon, 16, and their father, Bob Landon, look at a scale Friday as they figure out Erin’s weight on the device at Science Central. Joshua and Erin are home-schooled and spent the day exploring Science Central.
Education notebook

Partnership aids home-schoolers

Home-school students visiting from out of town can make their trip a day of learning thanks to a new partnership between two local learning centers.

Science Central’s Afternoon Science program has been in the works for more than 10 years, but this year it will be teaming up with the McMillen Health Center’s new Morning Health program to provide a morning and afternoon of learning for home-school students.

“It’s really a great program because it offers home-school students a chance to come in and experience some of our lab activities that school groups get to utilize,” said Abi Martin, Science Central’s special programs manager.

The first day of joint classes kicks off Tuesday with a focus on healthy eating at McMillen and laboratory classes about chemistry and matter at Science Central. The classes will meet once a month.

Students will learn about distracted driving, healthy lifestyles and the importance of being drug-free at McMillen, while also having a chance to study the stars, learn about electricity and even dissect a squid at Science Central.

Ben See and his son, Ezekiel, have attended several of the Afternoon Science programs at Science Central and said they are excited to return to a new season of classes Tuesday.

“I think it’s a good way to get them out there to meet some other kids and the programs are really well done,” See said.

For a complete list of programs, go online to or


•The Indiana Department of Education has named East Allen County Schools’ Leo Junior-Senior High School one of 10 Hoosier schools to receive the Indiana Gold Star Counseling Award in 2013.

•East Allen County Schools’ Meadowbrook Intermediate School was recently selected as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The school will be recognized during a ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

•Several local students were recently named as finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program: William McNabb, Ryan Paulsen and Tan Phan of Canterbury School; Abby Lemert, Jessica Lineman and Audrey Roth of Carroll High School; June Kreml, Samantha Sutter and Ian Tinsley of Concordia High School; Derek Gloudemans of Bishop Dwenger High School; Marielle Cabe, Natalie Hawken, Benjamin Landrigan and Erik Overdahl of Homestead High School.

Ciara Feipel, a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, was recently selected to be a McDonough Scholars at Marietta College.


•The deadline for Western Governors University Indiana’s largest scholarship is Wednesday. The university seeks to award 50 scholarships valued at $2,000 each. For more on the Taking Indiana to a Higher Degree Scholarships, visit

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech will host Family and Friends Day Saturday. Events begin at 11 a.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the student life office at 442-5561, ext. 2150.

Huntington University

•Current and past directors of Huntington University’s Horizon Leadership Program will discuss the success of the program during the monthly foundation breakfast on Wednesday. The program is an effort by the university and Youth for Christ to create a more racially and ethnically diverse campus. The breakfast is open to the public and begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons. The cost to attend is $7 and attendees are asked to RSVP to Barb Barker at 359-4069.

•Dr. Laura Bates, a professor of English at Indiana State University, will discuss her new book “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” during the 7 p.m. Tuesday Forester Lecture at Huntington University. The book examines the ways Shakespeare’s criminal tragedies led to the rehabilitation of prisoners in solitary confinement.

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