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Concord Junior High School art teacher Mary Amador, center, works with eighth grader Katelynn Roell on a piece of pottery Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Student Wynne Drinsky works on a pot at right. Amador is the 2014 recipient of the Ann Hamilton Award for Inspired Teaching. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
5 things to know for your Thursday in Indiana
Posted on March 5, 2014 at 9:53 p.m.

1. Hundreds ready to run for the Sarah Strong Foundation

When 15-year-old Sarah Crane died of colon cancer in December, she left behind a legacy that stretches to an event being held Saturday, March 8.

About 600 people have signed up to run in a 5K race that will benefit the Sarah Strong Foundation, a nonprofit started by the Crane family. Participants are encouraged to wear purple – Sarah Crane's favorite color.

Check out the full story for information on how to register for the run. All proceeds will go towards the foundation.

2. Complaints of racially targeted behavior cause IHSAA investigation

Fans of the team Penn High School's girls basketball team will play in the State Championship are at the center of an investigation after complaints of racial targeting surfaced.

When it played its semi-state game, a few people in Bedford Lawrence North's stands dressed up in gorilla costumes and safari gear, then stood underneath Lawrence North's hoop during warmups. Lawrence North's girls basketball team is composed of all black players, whereas Bedford Lawrence North's team is predominantly white.

Bedford Lawrence North's athletic director said students had worn the gorilla costumes to other games. He also explained the spirit theme was "safari," as the opposing team's mascot is a wildcat.

3. Concord teacher Mary Amador knows the secret to inspiring young artists

An art teacher at Concord Junior High School won the 2014 Ann Hamilton Award for Inspired Teaching after 20 of her students were honored at this year's Scholastic Art Awards.

Mary Amador has taught at Concord for more than two decades and said the secret to inspiring young artists is having high expectations for them. 

"Even though I get mad sometimes because I mess up, she's always there to tell me it's gonna be OK and it looks good," one of Amador's students said. "When we're not calm, she's always calm about things. She's just amazing."

4. INDOT to host public forum about alternative route for part of U.S. 33

If you drive on U.S. 33 in Goshen regularly, big changes could be coming to your commute.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking for feedback from the public about a proposed construction project that would reroute part of the road. 

Check out our full story for information about the potential changes and how to attend INDOT's feedback forum.

5. Urban chicken advocates show up to support ordinance change in Goshen

Urban chicken advocates flocked to the Goshen City Council meeting Tuesday, March 4, to support an ordinance that would allow residents there to keep hens within the city limits.

The ordinance passed its first reading Tuesday and will be put to a final vote in two weeks.

While supporters of the initiative cite the benefits of home-grown food, voices of dissent have pointed out issues like the unpleasant smell that comes along with raising farm animals.