Elissa Affeld dedicates her life to the betterment of children in Northwest Indiana. As a Youth Specialist for the CASA program, she works with young adults who are ageing out of the foster care program. She is passionate about fighting for the needs of her children.
With snow everywhere to be found then it is time for some winter fun to be had! Stay warm and enjoy some great events this weekend like the exhilarating First Skate at Central Park Plaza's Ice Rink to Benefit the Valpo Parks Foundation, tasty La Pour Brew & Wine Fest at La Porte Civic Auditorium, colorful Opportunity Enterprise's ARTability 2018 at Valparaiso University, classic "The Sound of Music" at Chesterton High School, and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 16th - 18th!
Now almost 10 years ago we started this crazy mission, and the cliff notes version has been a story made up of one part innovation, two parts madness, three doses of perseverance, and a relentless response to the question of what good news do you have to share.
Teacher Spotlight: Daniel Jeffers
Daniel Jeffers, La Porte High School teacher, has become a friendly face throughout the hallways. Through his time teaching several subjects, on top of coaching Cross Country and basketball, it is rare to find a LPHS student who has not heard of Mr. Jeffers.
“No matter what we’re doing, his class is always fun to be in. His goofy personality makes it easier to be engaged in his lessons,” Grace Miller, senior, said.
Jeffers has taught U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Current Events, Government, and Psychology classes throughout the past 18 years. After developing a love for Social Studies in middle school, and having a few inspiring teachers along the way, Jeffers knew he wanted to teach.
“It just seemed natural to want to teach and share my passion...
When she was in 8th Grade, Della Lyle attended a local music festival in her small Wyoming hometown. To her dismay, she noticed attendees neglecting to recycle their cans properly. Lyle marched over to the festival’s emcee and asked him to please remind the audience to recycle their cans the correct way.
Here are some great ways to enjoy fall this weekend so stay warm and have some fun! There is memorable fun to be had the weekend like the wonderful Snowfest Arts & Crafts Show at Boone Grove High School, heartwarming Lakeshore Paws: Pets for Vets, challenging Rittenhouse Village Presents Vera Bradley Bingo, musical La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Concert, and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 9th - 11th!
Teacher Spotlight: Señora McDonnell
Mrs. Andrea McDonnell, or Señora as her students know her, has worked at La Lumiere for 15 years. She teaches Spanish 1, Spanish 4, Spanish Literature, and AP Spanish Language & Culture. Mrs. McDonnell is originally from Michigan City still lives there now, married with two kids. McDonnell attended the University of Dayton and has been teaching for 20 years in total.
Rita Barzoni works at Paladin, a non-profit organization that provides services to those with special needs. She has dedicated the last 25 years to helping others. Her co-workers recognize Barzoni as one who excels at her job.
The holiday season is just around the corner so start it off right with some fun events this weekend! Here are some fun things across Northwest Indiana to enjoy this weekend like the colorful Holiday Craft Show, energetic Liberty Bible Church Women's Fitness Class, delicious 25th Annual Wind, Spirits & Beer Tasting, entertaining International Film Festival at Valparaiso University, and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 2nd - 4th!
(Winning seniors celebrate after the class olympics - Photo Credit: Jeremy Lugbill)
Earlier this month, Michigan City High School showed its spirit during the week of Homecoming. From spirit week to the class olympics to game night itself, the students represented their school through fun activities that everyone could be involved in.
Student council mapped out most of the week, especially the spirit days and assembly. The goal of the week was not only to feature the homecoming candidates, but to have the four classes compete for the Spirit Stick through various events.
Spirit week consisted of a new theme each day: pajama day, decades day, half and half day, celebrity day, and class color day. Each day, all students in spirit wear were...
“There’s a lot of good that is done in the process of being a storyteller,” said Doug Ross.