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BLOOMINGTON — On a recent Thursday, about a dozen boys from Fairview Elementary stood in the school cafeteria and recited the following words: “We, the young men of the Krimson Leadership Academy, hold ourselves to higher standards and never settle for less,” they said. “We, the young men of the Krimson Leadership Academy, will lead by example and stand for what is right.” The Krimson Leadership Academy is a 10-week leadership training and identity development program for young men of color in fourth through sixth grade at Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington. By Brittani Howell. The Herald-Times. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.
EXCHANGE-LONGTIME PEN PALS
CRAWFORDSVILLE — Brittney Welliver and her fiance made a trip last month to Pennsylvania, where she met her pen pal, Jack Wallace, for the first time in 29 years. That’s right, 29 years. Brittney and Jack’s story began when Brittney was eight years old and attending Mollie B. Hoover Elementary School. Brittney’s third grade class tied balloons with a simple note attached. The note included each student’s address in hopes the students would receive letters back. On Nov. 7, 1989, nearly 300 balloons were launched into the sky. By Isabella Zarate. (Crawfordsville) Journal Review. SENT: 650 words, photos requested.
EXCHANGE-WORLD WAR II TANK OVERHAUL
KOKOMO — Since 1958, the World War II tank at Foster Park has been a Kokomo icon. But it hasn’t always been a particularly attractive one. Over the decades, parts of the tank rusted and turned moldy. The paint chipped and faded. Inside were piles of trash and debris such as needles and shoes left over from the time before the lid was welded shut and people could still climb inside. But over recent weeks, that’s all changed as the tank underwent a total renovation for the first time since it moved to the park 60 years ago. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 950 words, photos requested.
MISHAWAKA — Behind a nondescript classroom door, close to the scientific scales and specimens, students were peeking into the small, glass-roofed room where seeds were sprouting. “What’s going on in here?” they’d say in the second-floor greenhouse at Mishawaka High School. “That’s really cool.” The after-school Landscape & Garden Club has outgrown its space, two years after Jake Crawford launched the parks/school partnership at his alma mater. Now he and the students are running a crowdsourcing campaign to buy a much bigger greenhouse By Joseph Dits. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.