Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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An Elkhart Community Schools teacher retired after nearly 60 years in the classroom, Wakarusa students raised money for humanitarian efforts in Nigeria and more.

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

Elkhart teacher's passion for kids motivated long career

Herb Ullery, 81, has been working with local teens since 1957, when he started out teaching a graphic arts class at the old Elkhart High School. This year, he’ll finally retire from teaching at Elkhart Community Schools.

Wakarusa students empty pockets for humanitarian efforts in Nigeria

An 8-year-old at Wakarusa Elementary School sparked a school-wide fundraiser for humanitarian efforts in Nigeria, our reporting partner WNDU reported

Retiring couple educated many Middlebury Community School students

For four decades, Sandy and Ralph Fireoved touched the lives of many elementary school students at Middlebury Community Schools. 

“Ralph and Sandy are going to be missed tremendously. I’ve never known two people more dedicated to their craft,” said Middlebury Community Schools Superintendent Jane Allen.

Goshen Boys & Girls Club garden provides health and food education

The Boys & Girls Club of Goshen has started a victory garden as part of its expansion of programs for health and wellness.

“I love getting dirty and growing my own food,” said Robert Gunn, 14, of Goshen, who also has a garden at home. “I am helping the kids learn how to plant. Everyone’s so excited to see what will grow.”

Elkhart County Community Foundation, philanthropists raise $220,000 for charity in memory of David Gundlach

Local philanthropists and the Elkhart County Community Foundation raised roughly $220,000 Thursday night, May 29, for local nonprofit organizations in memory of David Gundlach, who left an unparalleled gift to the foundation after his death that added up to about $150 million.

 Revel employees Joe Lucchetti, of Turnersville, N.J., left, and Robert Fitting, of Berlin, N.J. remove letters from a sign at Revel hotel-casino, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The hotel closed Monday and the casino will close on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein)

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 In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, artist Stephen Layne works on a sculpture of boxing heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Philadelphia. Next year, the sculpture is expected to be placed near the city's sports stadiums, ending a hurdle-strewn saga that included fundraising problems and the death of the original sculptor. Frazier died in 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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 In this July 16, 2013 aerial file photo, the downtown of the city of Detroit is shown. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr raised more than a few eyebrows a year ago when he took the city into bankruptcy and predicted it would be out by the time his term expired in fall 2014. Because it is by far the largest city to file for municipal bankruptcy and the issues were so complex many experts predicted it would take years to resolve. But the city will take a major step toward that goal with a trial in federal bankruptcy court that starts Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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