A .22 caliber bullet was found in the girls PE locker room at South Central High School, which caused a lockdown of the school at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The bullet was placed into the custody of a staff member, and the school’s resource officer was notified. A search ensued. Members of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department responded to the school and served as security as staff members looked through every student locker. The PE lockers were also thoroughly searched. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located. The lockdown was lifted after two hours.
Area high schools are preparing for graduation ceremonies across the Kankakee Valley as soon-to-be-graduates prepare for life after high school. West Central High School students will be the first to graduate while South Central High School students will undergo their graduation ceremonies last, but police will be on high-alert, searching for intoxicated and unrestrained drivers, so adults are strongly encouraged not to provide alcohol for graduation parties and to keep tabs on graduates attending parties to ensure they are being responsible.
A former South Central student recently attended an Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri where he was able to meet CHS, Inc. executives and gather information on the future of agriculture. CHS, Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the country. They are committed to grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations by supplying energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, among other items.
The Agricultural Collaboration Education program at the South Central Junior-Senior High School will receive a $25,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The grant will be used to build and maintain a greenhouse at the school.
Students will apply math and science concepts to practical, everyday agricultural activities while studying elements at the greenhouse. The greenhouse will also be used by FFA members during their supervised agricultural experiences during which students will be given responsibility of short-term entrepreneurial ventures and will develop a plan, grow plants, and sell them for profit.
The greenhouse will serve as an integral part to South Central’s Farm to Table Program as fruits and vegetables from the greenhouse will be served in the school cafeteria’s fruit and vegetable bar.