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How I Stay Active in Northwest Indiana

New WhyDoILove3Rewind 27 years ago when my greatest excuse for not working out after a full day of teaching 25 six-seven-year-olds was because I fell asleep on the couch watching Oprah. Not exactly a model of efficiency, and a behavior I hesitantly share. But, heck, aren't we all different people after a quarter-century passes? I'm proud to say that today I no longer channel selfish sluggishness into my daily routine. That's not to say I no longer nap. Napping can be one of my favorite pastimes; however, it is carefully woven into my schedule and strategically selected as just one of the many ways I stay active in Northwest Indiana (I know napping isn't exactly active, but doesn't that REM count for something?).

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Bus Drivers Assume Many Roles Every Day

vhs-logoDo you remember the name of your bus driver? I do. It was Connie. Every morning from the sixth grade until my senior year, there she was, in that big yellow bus ready to take me to another day of school.

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Generosity is OUR Lifestyle

porter-township-schools-logoFor me, often much of my day is spent thinking about the curriculum and standards that need to be taught, the assessment and growth of our students, how to better meet the needs of each student, how to improve school safety - you know, the nuts and bolts behind the scenes of running a school corporation. These past few weeks I've had a welcome disruption to my thinking - and this disruption has come through amazing interactions I've had with our students and staff at PTSC. They have been modeling that yes, school is about learning and growing - but not just academic standards. It's about learning who we should be as people and citizens of a community. Here are just a few examples of how I've seen this lived out lately:

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Helping Your Child with Homework

porter-township-schools-logoHave you wondered how you can better help your child with their homework or even what role you should take in homework as a parent? You are not alone! Homework is often a widely debated topic. Here are some resources from great organizations that have published information to help parents navigate how to handle homework. Click on the links below to learn more!

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My First Week as a Life Mom

image1Last Thursday I went for a checkup by a high risk doctor at Franciscan St. Anthony Crown Point just to be sure our little one was doing okay.

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Resources Available for Domestic Violence Victims

united-way-laporte-countyDomestic violence reports continue to flood the media. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. With numbers at an all-time high, we have to wonder how much worse they would be if the multitude of cases that go unreported each day were added to the list. Although both men and women experience domestic abuse, about 4 out of 5 victims of intimate partner violence are female. Abuse can be perpetrated in a variety of ways; some more obvious or noticeable than others. The visible injuries and scars from physical abuse are often more difficult to hide, but the scars left by sexual, emotional, verbal, and economic abuse can continue in secret and remain unnoticed by others for a lifetime.

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Duneland Community Church Makes a Global Change through Free the Girls

ftg-duneland-community-churchInternational nonprofit organization called Free The Girls stands by these words. Free the Girls works to provide jobs to women rescued from human trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras. Bras are collected and packaged and then shipped to developing countries for struggling women to sell. Through the distribution of bras, Free the Girls strives to educate people and organizations about the scourge of human trafficking worldwide.

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