More Than 1600 Hoosier Students Benefit from Field Trip Grant Program

ftThanks to the Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program, students at 22 Indiana schools will learn about nature by visiting Indiana state parks and reservoirs this school year. The grants are open to public, private, religious and home-school educators and are administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, the supporting non-profit of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

USDA Makes it Their Mission to Make School Lunches Healthier

Healthy_Hunger_Free_Kids_Act-300x233It’s back-to-school season and that means you’ll no longer be in control of what your child is eating for breakfast and lunch every day. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture oversees school lunches nationally. Back in 2010 the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was put in place to transform the school food environment in order to promote better nutrition, combat childhood hunger and reduce the likelihood of developing obesity. Continue reading

Back-to-School Vaccination Reminder

bewiseAre back-to-school vaccinations on your end of the summer to-do-list? If not, they should be. Regardless of what grade your child is going into, there are required immunizations they must receive or have listed on their medical records. The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Continue reading

Relay for Life to begin in Culver Today

Culver participants get ready for this year's event

More than 50 teams and 400 participants will be involved this evening in the fifth annual Relay For Life of Culver. The overnight event begins at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Multipurpose Building on the campus of Culver Academies.

Student organizers have set a $130,000 goal for this year’s event, which will be held indoors and outdoors. Many of the events will be staged in the Multipurpose Building on the corner of Indiana 10 and Academy Road, but activities and vendors will also be located in the grassy area along Indiana 10. Relay walkers will be able to turn their laps inside, outside, or a little of each.

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Equestrian Grand Liberty Tour Coming to Culver Academies

Sylvia Zerbini

Sylvia Zerbini, the recent star of Cavalia from 2008 – 2011, will bring her Arabian horses and her “Grand Liberty Tour” to the Vaughn Equestrian Center at the Culver Academies on April 21st and 22nd for two performances.

She will perform in the Jud Little Riding Hall on the campus at 7:30 p.m. ET on April 21st and at 3:30 p.m. ET on April 22nd. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Academies’ Eppley Auditorium Box Office at (574) 842-7058, with general admission tickets carrying a cost of $10 and a number of reserved seats are available as well, priced at $15.

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Culver Still Shocked From Jacksonville Shooting

Shane Schumerth

The Culver community is still in shock over the horrific news from Jacksonville, Florida this week. Shane Schumerth, a recently fired teacher from an Episcopal school there, fatally shot the head of the school Tuesday.

Schumerth, a Culver Academy graduate, had been terminated by the school, and after being escorted from the campus returned with an AK-47 weapon and shot Dale Regan before turning the gun on himself.

His father, Steve Schumerth of Culver, expressed in an e-mail to the Jacksonville Times-Union shock and sadness over the shootings and said the family was very sorry this happened.

Schumerth was described by those who knew him as being shy, but non threatening.

$127,000 Raised in Culver Academies’ Relay for Life

Kelly Cares Foundation donated $2,500 to Culver Academies' Relay for Life. Pictured are Mike Wilcox, former Culver parent and Trustee, Paqui Kelly, and Kyle Blankenship, Co-Chairman. Academies photo by Gary Mills

A record $127,000 was raised during the Relay For Life effort at Culver Academies in April. It was the fourth Relay for Life event held at the school and because of the weather it was the first Relay held indoors.

In all, there were 100 volunteers working on the event, that was co-chaired by Kyle Blankenship who said, “We weren’t about to cancel the two day event because of a little rain.”

The Academies’ fund raising effort was bolstered April 13th by a $2,500 check from the Kelly Cares Foundation, and its founders Brian and Paqui Kelly. Paqui Kelly is a two time cancer survivor and the wife of the University of Notre Dame football coach.

Relay for Life of Culver Steps off Friday

Kelly Cares Foundation donated $2,500 Wednesday to Culver Academies' Relay for Life. Pictured are Mike Wilcox, former Culver parent and Trustee, Paqui Kelly, and Kyle Blankenship, Relay Co-Chairman. Academies photo by Gary Mills

Walkers for the fourth annual Relay For Life of Culver will take their first steps toward a $130,000 goal at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Culver Academies Oliver Field, located on at the intersection of Indiana 10 and 117.

The all-night event will feature Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri for the second consecutive year. Vinatieri will speak at the survivor dinner preceding the Relay, attend the opening ceremony, and walk the first lap. New this year will be a fireworks show after dusk provided by Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions, according to Co-chairman Kyle Blankenship, a Crown Point, Ind., senior.

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