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Education is Worth the Investment


This column was written by William J. Lowe, Ph.D, Chancellor at Indiana University Northwest.

There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree.

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A New Adventure: Recapping My First Day at Boone Grove High School

boone-grove-eden-priestEden Priest is's #1StudentNWI representative at Boone Grove High School. In her first column, Eden, a freshman at the school, recaps her first day. Ideas in Motion Media is looking to hire one student at every school in Northwest Indiana to share the good news at their school. Click here for a full description of the position. If interested, send an introductory email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The first day of school is always a nerve-wrecking and stressful time, especially for new students. This time, I was the new student, and had no clue what to expect.

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A Spark for Change: Slicer Pride

sparkforchange rotator2-newSchool is back in session! While this may cause stress and anxiety for some, I couldn't be more excited to be back. It's not hard to feel eager for school when I get walk into the most incredible school every single day. La Porte High School is so much more than anyone knows. Sure, it's easy to point out the few issues and make them seem enormous, but not only is it unfair, it's untrue. In honor of starting another school year, I thought I would let everyone know why they are lucky to have such an innovative and student-centered school in our community in list form because what teacher doesn't love lists?

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Big Yellow School Bus Safety: School Bus Stops & The Rules Of The Road

Hi there all. I have had something on my mind that I thought I would share. Did you know that everyday here in Valparaiso and around the country, drivers are running school bus stop arms? Yep. It's true.

I thought I'd share with what I have learned and observed from driving a big yellow in the hope that we can be more mindful and safe out there on the road. Some people appear to not understand which lights are which on a school bus and which lights are the cue to stop, and which lights are hazard lights. Some people seem as though they do not even see the big yellow coming.

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Decker: Summer Fundraisers Help to Make ValPLAYso a Reality

moinca-deckerThe ValPlayso-The Next Generation Children's Committee has been very busy this year. More than 70 children from each grade in the schools were chosen to be a part of this committee. The committee was created to help design, raise community awareness, and fundraise for ValPLAYso - The Next Generation.

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A Spark for Change: Live and Learn

sparkforchange rotator2Summer break is about over, and I have to be honest in saying that this has been the best summer of my life. I didn't travel the country or anything of that nature, but I sure did learn an insane amount about myself and others. I realize I sound much more like I am 90 rather than 27, but I have come to terms with being different. As I wrap up this summer with a pretty little bow, I chose to share with you what I've learned.

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A Special Thank You to the Readers of the Declaration of Independence During Valpo's 4th of July Celebration

valpo-4th-of-july-23This year’s 4th annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at Valparaiso’s 4th of July music and fireworks celebration was the best yet, thanks to the WWII vet, the lawyer, the pastor, the city councilman and the whole bunch of students and teachers who took part.

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