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“FBI” Greets Michigan City Students as they Begin School Year


More than 30 civic leaders, pastors, police officers, and other men from the community greeted students as they arrived at three Michigan City Area Schools on Wednesday, part of a grassroots movement called “Fathers and Father Figures Being Involved”... or FBI.

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Leadership La Porte County Holds 2017 Summer Leadership Camp for Youth

Leadership-La-Porte-County-Holds-2017-Summer-Leadership-Camp-for-Youth_01Leadership La Porte County recently completed its 9th annual Summer Leadership Camp for middle school students. The camp was held at Kesling Park during the first week of August for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from throughout La Porte County. The students participated in activities to teach leadership skills and positive character development. Students were nominated by their school to participate in the program. The camp was funded, in part, by grants received from Nipsco and Tri Kappa of La Porte.

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La Porte High School Mentor Program Beginning, Looking for Potential Mentors

laporte-slicersA mentor program has begun at La Porte High School with a new coordinator looking for those interested in serving as "Slicer Champions" or mentors. This is designed to reach those students who may have struggles in school, may have fallen behind in their grades and may be in jeopardy of not graduating on time or may have not graduated and want to receive their diploma and have become a 5th Year Senior or are in what they call grade 13. The program is looking to recruit mentors who will begin in October.

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The Michigan City Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males Announces 2017 Reverend Bill J. Ashley Memorial Education Scholarship Recipients


The Michigan City Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males (MCCSSAAM) is proud to announce the award of the third annual “The Reverend Bill J. Ashley Memorial Education Scholarship”. This scholarship is awarded annually to an African American male graduating from any high school within the Michigan City Area Schools district. MCCSSAAM awarded $1000 scholarships to two recipients at the June 14, 2017 Commission monthly meeting.

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Annual Citywide Back-To-School Rally Helps Michigan City Students, Families Prepare for Upcoming School Year


Well over 1,000 students from Michigan City schools and their families made their way to Elston’s Gill Field today for the annual Citywide Back-To-School Rally. Now in its ninth year at that location, the long-running event aimed to make sure that area students were well-prepared for the coming school year and featured free food and activities including a bean bag toss, 50-yard dash and more.

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Michigan City Announces 2017 Promise Scholarship Recipients: Building a Bright Future for Students and the City

Michigan-City-Announces-2017-Promise-Scholarship-RecipientsMichigan City Promise Scholarship program director, Nancy Smith, and Mayor Ron Meer are pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship recipients. The 2017 Promise Scholars are: Hassan Baydoun, Erin Buskirk, Emily Dirks, Madison Emerick, Emily Glowacki, Megan Gushrowski, Katelyn Hansen, Destiny Harvel, Braxton Hervey, Becca Jensen, Tyler Johnston, Alee’yia Kirkwood, Katherine Kovalcik, Samantha Lanier, Eileen Latchford, Pauline Lutton, McKenzie Moore, Mireya Mota, Devin Newton, Keith Patejdl, Kyle Patejdl, Yasmin Ramos, Kobe Roberson, William Rubino, Sarah Smith, Rhiggs Thomas, Hannah Tubbs, Nathaniel Volckmann, Matthew Westman, JaMiera Woodard, Kaeli Winebrenner, Emma Zaknoun, and Jonathan Zerbes.

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NIPSCO Recognizes Valpo’s Center for the Sciences for Energy Efficiency

rot1The Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry will house classes at Valparaiso University beginning fall 2017, bringing 55,000 square feet of chemistry, biochemistry and biology laboratory space to the University’s 350-acre campus. In addition to innovative research facilities, the building construction prioritized energy efficiency and will be honored by NIPSCO during a presentation Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.

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Engaging Local Youngsters Proves Successful at PNW STEAM Camp

Engaging-Local-Youngsters-Proves-Successful-at-PNW-STEAM-Camp-2017Purdue University Northwest recently hosted a six-week 2017 STEAM Summer Camp at the Westville campus and introduced youngsters, ages 6 to 12, to activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

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Mayor Ron Meer Honors Recipients of First Annual Michigan City Promise Scholarship

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One of the most important times in a student’s academic career is when they graduate high school and decide where they will be going to college. Unfortunately, for many great students, the rising costs of college education can be a serious roadblock to actually attending.

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Thanks to Mayor Ron Meer and the City of Michigan City, many great students are getting a chance at a degree with the Promise Scholarship, a brand-new municipal scholarship aimed at getting Michigan City High School students into college so they can come back and help build the community. On Monday, Mayor Meer along with school and city officials met at City Hall to honor the 33 Michigan City seniors that received the Promise...

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Become a Member of the Friend of the La Porte County Public Library!

Friends-of-the-laporte-libraryWe want YOU to become a Friends of the La Porte County Public Library (501c3) member! The Friends are made up of community volunteers who advocate on behalf of the library. They share their time and talents by informing the community of the services that the library provides, such as the award winning Spark Labs Makerspace and the Summer Reading Program, encourage donations, gifts, or endowments to the library, and organize fundraisers to ensure that the library has the ability to continue providing innovative opportunities to the public.

While supplies last, purchase a membership to the Friends of the La Porte County Public Library for $10 and not only will your membership run through December of 2018, but you will also receive a fun book bag. Stop by any library location or go to for the downloadable...

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2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Applications Available Online

unity-foundation-lpc-2016The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available on Unity Foundation of La Porte County’s website at

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