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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Veterans are getting a little love and remembrance this Valentine’s Day thanks to a collaboration between Bright House Networks and Marion Community Schools.

More than 500 valentines were made by students from Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. They have been busy making valentines all month to share with veterans at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. The project is part of Bright House’s Valentines for Veterans program.

“This is our second year that we’ve partnered and we really hope it will be an annual thing,” said Courtney Gilles, Bright House Networks marketing, PR and event coordinator.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Over 500 elementary students from Marion Community Schools showed their appreciation for veterans as they created valentines as part of Bright House Networks’ Valentines for Veterans program. Bright House Networks donated the art supplies to the students who participated in the project, which was designed to educate students about veterans and the importance of recognizing them throughout the year.

“At the beginning of the project, I was amazed at how many students did not know what a veteran was,” said Karen Fry, art teacher for Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. “As a class, we discussed how much veterans did to protect our freedoms and why they might feel sad or lonely around this time of year.”


The valentines will come as a welcomed surprise to those staying at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. Valentines are also planned to be delivered to the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis. “Recognizing our veterans is an expression of honor and appreciation, said Tammy Thompson, Voluntary Service Specialist at Northern VA Hospital. “Valentines from our community schools give an extra special touch in saying ‘thank you’ who gave so much.”

Bright House Networks hopes the annual project encourages the community the importance of volunteering their time and talents. “We were thrilled that Marion Community Schools wanted to participate again this year,” said Don Williams, Vice President of Bright House Networks Indianapolis. “They do a wonderful job teaching students about our veterans and expressing that appreciation through artwork. Bright House Network is proud to support our veterans and we hope these valentines help make their day a little brighter.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Kendall Elementary School celebrated their “A” grade from the state and Valentine’s Day Tuesday.

Principal David Khalouf said the school’s accountability grade improved from a “C” in 2012 to an “A” in 2013.

“We decided to have a dance for the kids because the state letter grade went up and this week is Valentine’s Day,” he said. “They get to dress up and celebrate. It brings students, staff and parents together.”

Khalouf said the school was able to get back into the standing where it had been for years.

“If we continue to get A’s then there will be more dances,” he said.

— More from MCS: To read more about recently released IDOE school grades, and about our Marion schools that are among the best in the state, click here. —
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News Blog Category - News Link The Chronicle-Tribune recently focused on the important role mentors can play in the lives of our students.

“Our community has a shortage of mentors and there is a growing voice of young people who are looking for community encouragers to come along beside them in their educational and life paths,” Tammy Pearson, director of Project Leadership, which pairs community volunteers with local high school students for mentoring relationships, told the Chronicle-Tribune. “I just want to encourage as many people as possible who have always wanted to take the time to be involved in a mentoring program to make that one of their 2014 resolutions. There is a place for everyone. We just see the importance and the change that happens when someone agrees to spend some time in a young person’s life."


Marion Community Schools is incredibly grateful to have community support, including that of Project Leadership and Kids Hope. If you would like more information on how you can mentor an MCS student, visit the websites below: