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Kyle Pesenecker, 17, and other East Allen County Schools Alternative School Links Program students pull plants from the school’s garden.
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Garden teaching important lessons


It’s one part learning experience, another part community service and a third part just plain fun, students said as they ripped out the last of their garden to prepare for next year.

Last school year, students in the LINX program at East Allen Alternative School, began a project to recreate a Victory Garden. The project was led by Scott Welch, who began the LINX – Linking Education, Community and Experiences – program.

Victory Gardens were planted during World War I and World War II to help provide food for soldiers and families during the war, explained Austin Hahn, a senior.

Hahn said he and his classmates in grades 9 through 12 also learned about cool- and warm-weather crops, how to calculate pH levels and created their own liquid to keep insects away from the plants.

“We planted onions, tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, yellow squash, radishes, green beans and red beets,” Hahn said, flipping through plant markers as he read off each name.

It took a lot of work during the summer to keep things growing, but it all paid off in the end, senior Cody Immroth said.

“I got here at like 8 a.m. and would work for an hour pulling weeds and stuff,” Immroth said.

But by the end of the season, they had a beautiful crop of fresh vegetables, Welch said.

And to make a good thing better, students decided to donate 230 pounds’ worth of fresh produce to the Community Harvest Food Bank, in hopes that their fresh veggies could benefit a family in need.

The project was funded through a state Learn and Serve grant that provided money for seeds and startup for what Welch says he hopes will be an annual project.


•Canterbury School’s Chess Club will host the 2013 Indiana State K-12 Chess Championships on Saturday at Canterbury High School, 3210 Smith Road. A registration form and more details are at

•Bishop Luers High School is hosting an open house Nov. 13. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the open house begins at 6:30 p.m. All interested families are welcome. Register for the event at or call the Bishop Luers Admissions Office 456-1261, ext. 3008.

•The Indiana Tech Wellness Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at 1600 E. Washington Blvd. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit or contact Amy Richardville, 422-5561, ext. 2427 or

•Manchester University will host academic days on Friday for accounting and business, Nov. 15 for pre-pharmacy and Dec. 2 for education. For more information, go online to, call 800-852-3648 or

•Ivy Tech is hosting Hate Crimes and the LGBT Community: Connecting Federal and Local Responses on Friday. The two-part event includes a presentation by the FBI from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and a panel discussion including local law enforcement and community members from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Academy, Ivy Tech South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing.


•Trine University recently dedicated the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Enginnering. The $6 million, nearly 25,000-square-foot building opened in August and is home to Trine’s Innovation One and laboratories.

•The Trine University Board of Trustees recently extended the contract of President Earl D. Brooks for an additional two years. Brooks, who joined the university in 2000, will now have a contract through 2021.

•The Trine University Drama Club will perform the children’s play “The Last of the Dragons” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Wells Theater. Tickets are free and available at the door the night of the performance. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.


•Huntington University is celebrating past and present U.S. military service men and women with a tribute during the Foundation Breakfast on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of Indiana, will be the speaker. For more information or to RSVP, contact Barb Baker at 260-359-4069

•Huntington University’s TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – program will host an information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A full schedule of events is available online at


•Lee M. Roberts, associate professor of German studies at IPFW, will present his lecture “Reloading the Canon: Literature as a Weapon in the Prelude to the Holocaust,” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne.

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