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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Teacher Christina Swartz and her students make birdfeeders in the Nature Explorers’ Classroom at Emmaus Lutheran School.
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Project honors students’ mother

Muddy footprints were scattered along a back hallway last week at Emmaus Lutheran School, leading to the back door and out to the school’s outdoor classroom, where students had been making birdfeeders before rain forced them back inside.

The classroom has 67 different components, including a climbing area, stage, messy materials area, a garden and chapel area, said Kelsey Walworth, a prekindergarten teacher at Emmaus Lutheran. She’s a member of the committee at the school that is working to get the outdoor classroom certified through Nature Explore, a collaborative program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

The project was built in memory of the deceased mother of two students. The family provided the major donation for the project, and additional funds were raised through the school and church.

Walworth said there is much research that supports the positive effects of getting kids outside and teaching them while in nature. The school and its prekindergarten through eighth-grade teachers use the classroom for various classes such as reading, religion, art and science.

Walworth notices her students are more creative in the space than they are on the playground.

“Everyday it’s something new,” she said. “The tires turn into horses; the tree stumps become stages for rock bands.”


•The Crossing Educational Center is holding an enrollment meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 3 at PrimeTime Youth for Christ Center.

•Smith Academy for Excellence boys school is welcoming interested parents and guardians to attend its Open House events to learn more about the qualities and services that compose SAFE. Open House events will take place at SAFE located at 725 W. Washington Blvd. on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


•Nine members of the Canterbury School Chamber Orchestra traveled to Chicago for a performance at the recent Windy City Classic at Dominican University. Adjudicators awarded the group both a gold rating and first place in the orchestra category.

Kortney Springer, grade 4/5 from Adams County and Nikohl Terry, grade 6/7 from Noble County took first place at Regional Quiz Bowl

•Bishop Luers High School’s Academic Super Bowl Teams (Science, English and Social Studies) placed in the top three at the Indiana Academic Super Bowl State Competition at Purdue University May 4. The English and social studies teams were state runners-up and science placed third in Class 2.

•Homestead High School senior Alison Mansfield has been selected the Indiana state and five-state East Central Division winner of the DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest & Scholarship.


•Five Allen County students will receive full-tuition, four-year scholarships as the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. The following students have been selected to receive a scholarship to an Indiana college of their choice and a $900 yearly book stipend for required books and equipment: Kristen Alexander, Heritage Junior-Senior High School; Waylon Fisher, New Tech Academy; Hannah Liechty, Leo Junior-Senior High School; Sergej Stjepic, Northrop High School; and Quan Tran, Northrop High School

•Group Dekko 2013 Dekko Scholarship winners are Cheyenne Baughman, DeKalb High School; Autumn Knox, Central Noble High School; Austin Prostman, Lakewood Park Christian School; and Kyle Treece, Hamilton High School.

•Two IPFW students were recently awarded the Theodore F. Hagerman Memorial Scholarship.This merit-based scholarship, founded in memory of Ted Hagerman, is awarded annually to IPFW students enrolled in engineering or construction technology. Christopher Davis and Peter Truong each received a scholarship in memory of the former president of The Hagerman Group.

Saint Francis

•The School of Creative Arts and Keith Busse School of Business at the University of Saint Francis have announced the appointment of Andrea Robinson Hinsey as director for the Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts program beginning fall semester.


•Stuart D. Jones was named vice president for enrollment management and is scheduled to begin his new duties June 3.

•Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. is providing a $1 million grant to fund a scholarship program at Trine University, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math as well as in the business areas of finance and accounting. The focus of the program will be to attract STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and business students of outstanding ability.

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