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Feel good news: 5 stories to help you get through the week

Goshen College students and Elkhart County inmates study together, family and friends rally in support of a young girl with a rare blood disorder and three other stories to make you feel good this weekend.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

Class lets Goshen College students and Elkhart County inmates study together

Goshen College started a new three-week class in May in which students traveled to the jail to study violence, punishment, the criminal justice system and restorative justice alongside inmates. The class is based on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program based in Philadelphia, which bridges the gap between students in and out of jail. Senior Eva Lap said the class humanizes the inmates, making her realize that they are just like her. Lt. Kris Klosinski, coordinator of inmate educational opportunities for the jail, said the program will prepare inmates once they return to the community. Goshen College students received three credit hours for the class, but inmates did not pay for the class or receive any college credit.

Family, friends rally in support of girl with rare blood disorder

Friends and family are rallying around a local girl suffering from Fanconi’s anemia, a rare blood disorder. Jimtown Elementary School teachers organized a 5K run and family fun walk to raise money for Bella O’Dell’s bone marrow transplant and other expenses. O’Dell’s blood cell counts have been in decline since January, and she has to undergo a bone marrow transplant in June. The transplant is expected to act as a cure for her condition. The event will be held June 14 at the Jimtown High School track. Runners can enter the race by sending a $20 entry free by June 6 ot paying $25 on race day. Entry forms can be found at the Bella’s Journey website.

Relay For Life of Elkhart County walkers raise money in memory of grandparents, uncles, friends

More than 350 walkers participated in the Relay For Life of Elkhart County, walking in honor of family and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. Forty-eight teams registered for the event, and at least one member of each team had to be walking on the Goshen High School track over the course of the 24-hour event. The event managed to raise $40,000, which will be donated towards causes looking to end cancer.

Heart sculpture honors Sarah Crane at Cleveland Elementary

An instructional aide at Cleveland Elementary designed and painted a large purple heart which now sits in front of the school in honor of Sarah Crane, an Elkhart teen who died of of cancer in 2013. The city of Elkhart rallied around Crane following her cancer diagnosis, creating the Sarahstrong campaign and promoting positive thinking. Cleveland teachers who taught Sarah and other students helped to decorate the heart.

New program puts focus on growing food and healthy kids

Adrianne Penner, associate executive director for the Boys & Girls Club, leads a program to get children to eat and grow their own vegetables. Earlier this year, the club bought a lot next door where young people could put their plants in the soil. Penner started the program after she noticed that children were not eating the raw broccoli in the Goshen cafeteria in the north side of town.


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