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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Teresa Gremaux, principal of Paul Harding Junior High, ice dumped on her by students as teacher David Stebing looks on.
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Harding teacher gets icy boost

The Ice Bucket Challenge has pulled in millions of dollars for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

International now in scope, the famous and not-so-famous, universities and football teams have taken the fundraising challenge enduring an ice cold bucket of water over the head for the cause.

At Paul Harding Junior High School on Friday, the water was splashed in honor of longtime gym teacher David Stebing, recently diagnosed with the disease.

Teresa Gremaux, the school principal, said her administrative team came up with the idea.

“We just got to thinking since the ice bucket challenge was really big right now, it would be a great idea to donate,” Gremaux said.

Stebing, 66, also coached a lot of sports, primarily gymnastics and track, Gremaux said.

“He’s very good at it, and well loved.. A lot of people come back to visit him.”

The students at Harding and the adjacent East Allen University have been chucking money into jars with their favorite teachers’ names on them all week. Estimates were that the 535 students would raise more than $500 for the cause.

“I brought clothes in because I had a bad feeling” Gremaux said, laughing. “Whatever it takes to show Mr. Stebing we care about him and we support him.”

Besides Gremaux, the lucky victims were East Allen University Principal Doug Hicks, teachers Brian Johnson and Lance Carrey and from Paul Harding, Amber Hildreth and Kayla Weaver.

Huntington

•Huntington University was ranked fifth among Indiana’s baccalaureate colleges in Washington Monthly.

The magazine also named Huntington University fourth among Hoosier schools in the Best Bang for the Buck list. Washington Monthly added the category in 2010, when the university was ranked 90th nationwide. The publication also named Huntington on its inaugural Best Bang for the Buck list last year.

Saint Francis

•Registration is now taking place for people ages 6 and older with developmental disabilities for the Jesters of the University of Saint Francis. The program begins Saturday and will meet each Saturday at the North Campus, 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus.

Morning activities include dance, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music and a visual arts program limited to 25 people will be held in the afternoons. Fees are $60 for mornings and an additional $20 for afternoons. Scholarships are available.

•Artist Keith Terry will instruct a two-day body percussion workshop for performance artists, music educators, dancers, musicians and the community. Workshops are from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 and from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the University of Saint Francis’ North Campus auditorium.

Cost is $50. To register or for information, contact Allison Ballard at allis2b@yahoo.com or 745-3107.

Ivy Tech

•The Automotive Technology program recently received a $96,000 donation of hundreds of pieces of automotive equipment – from paint and masking materials to collision repair equipment – from Morgan Distribution Inc., a wholesale collision repair distribution company in Fort Wayne.

•Ivy Tech Community College has received one of 35 awards from NASA’s Office of Education, through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program, to increase student and faculty engagement in STEM-related programs (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at community colleges and technical schools in the United States. Six community college campus sites will participate in the Indiana portion of the partnership – four from Ivy Tech, including Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, and two from Vincennes University. Ivy Tech’s portion of the grant is $200,000, which will be divided among the four campuses involved. Regionally, the college will use its $50,000 to support completion scholarships and internship opportunities for students studying aviation maintenance technology and engineering.

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