The North Judson-San Pierre School Board is expected to announce tonight whether they favor a transition to an elected school board or would prefer to keep the current appointed process. Members have spent the past several weeks gathering public input on the topic via Google survey and a special meeting last week for that sole purpose. Most of the comments offered during that session favored an *elected board. Continue reading
Local residents once again have a fun and colorful way to support after-school programs for Starke County children. The Starke County Youth Club is hosting Rainbow Splash 2016 during the Yellowstone Trail Fest in Hamlet. Continue reading
An organization with the goal of improving Starke County residents’ access to higher education is touting its efforts so far this year. The Starke County Career and College Success Coalition says it’s given over $5,000 in grants to help out some local organizations. Continue reading
Starke County Youth Club volunteers, staff, students and alumni will take over the WKVI airwaves today for their annual radiothon fundraiser. All of the money stays in the community to pay for after school programs for students at Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club has been teaching life skills to local youngsters for the past 15 years, according to Executive Director Irene Szakonyi.
“Kids today deserve our respect and our time, but they have to be given the opportunity to learn the right choice for them and to learn the consequences if they don’t make the right choice. Having that network and that structure gives kids practice at being good people. Continue reading
The after-school programs offered by the Starke County Youth Club at sites around the county provide homework help, hands-on learning and more to participants. Program director Melissa Smith says it keeps youngsters who would otherwise be home alone until a parent or other caregiver arrives a structured setting in which they can avoid getting into mischief. Continue reading
A local nonprofit organization is committed to helping children learn and grow through after school programs. Starke County Youth Club Program Director Melissa Smith says they are offered at all three elementary and middle schools in the county, along with Oregon-Davis High School. Continue reading
A local nonprofit organization is doing its part to keep Starke County students from becoming statistics. Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says nationwide 11.3 million school-aged children are unsupervised after school. In Indiana, only 11 percent are enrolled in an after-school program. Continue reading
WKVI will once again be hosting a Radiothon to help the Starke County Youth Club raise money for its enrichment programs for local children. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club has been selected by a local farmer to receive a $2,500 donation. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club can continue its efforts to provide quality after school programs to local students thanks to a local business. The nonprofit recently received a $1,000 award from the Golden Living Center Community Support Initiative. SCYC Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the organization has been delighted to perform service learning projects in partnership with Golden Living Center. She says their gift means quality activities like learning to invest in community can continue at Club. Continue reading
Yellowstone Trail Fest Kicks off today at 9 am with a swap meet, the car show set up and a biscuits and gravy breakfast to benefit the Knox Band Boosters. Continue reading
Take a colorful walk through history for a good cause Sunday morning during the Yellowstone Trail Festival in Hamlet. Proceeds from the Rainbow Splash 2015 will benefit the Starke County Youth Club. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says volunteer Hanna Clark organized the fun-filled 5K walk and run. Continue reading
The 1st Source Corporation, the parent company of 1st Source Bank is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area and has assets of $5.01 billion. For more than a century, 1st Source has been committed to the success of the communities it serves. Continue reading
Several Starke County charities are benefiting from grant money from the Starke United Fund. These type of grants are made possible through a partnership with Starke United and the Starke County Community Foundation. There was $20,000 available that was split up among the various local organizations. Continue reading
IU Health Starke Hospital’s investment in the youth of the community has earned them recognition from the Starke County Youth Club. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi presented IU Health Starke Hospital President Craig Felty the Aim High Award in recognition of the hospital’s top pledge of $5,000 during the recent radiothon. The daylong fundraiser on WKVI raised $41,000 for the club. It provides after school and summer enrichment programs for students from Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis schools at sites throughout the county. Continue reading
Youngsters who take part in this year’s Starke County Youth Club summer enrichment programs will get to put lessons in science, technology, engineering and math skills to use. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says they provide critical thinking skills.
“They need to be able to problem solve in order to be successful, healthy adults. They need to be able to attack a problem, design a solution and not get intimidated if the solution doesn’t work. They need to have some grit to them that enables you to keep going. When at first you don’t succeed, they try and try again and finally succeed. That’s amazing,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club’s after-school programs help bridge the achievement gap for students. Executive director Irene Szakonyi says that’s disparity in performance levels among groups of youngsters. Research indicates children who come from low-income homes don’t perform as well on standardized tests as their more affluent classmates, nor do they get as good of grades. Szakonyi says 60 percent of children served come from low-income homes and start kindergarten behind their peers as a result. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club’s after-school programs offered at sites around the county benefit more than just the students who take part in them. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says they serve as a bridge between school and home for youngsters, for whom the most critical hours of the day are between 3 and 6 p.m. School is out, but parents aren’t home from work yet. Szakonyi says that’s the most common time for a child to be the victim of or the perpetrator of a violent crime. Continue reading
Mark your calendars, and get your checkbooks ready. The 8th Annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon on WKVI will take place this Friday. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the organization has been serving youngsters with after-school, summer and recreational programs since 2001.
“It really is a wide variety of activities and projects to meet kids where they are, keep them learning, support working families and build community,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading