Touting after-school programs

January 22, 2019

Desiree Frederick has long been a champion for after-school programs, which can keep students out of trouble with safe, supervised environments that often offer snacks and homework help.

“After-school changes lives for students,” said Frederick, unit director at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

Her commitment hasn’t been overlooked. The Indiana Afterschool Network nominated her to serve as a 2018-19 Afterschool Ambassador, a program of the Afterschool Alliance.

Frederick was one of 15 people chosen nationwide for the role, which helps after-school providers raise their voices in support of after-school opportunities.

“Now more than ever, with federal funding for quality afterschool and summer learning programs under attack, we need strong advocates like her,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant said in a statement last fall. “She will mobilize parents, educators and businesses, community and faith leaders, among others, to help safeguard funding for the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help give working families peace of mind.”

Other 2018-19 ambassadors are from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas and Vermont.

Frederick participated in a training session in Washington, D.C., last fall and looks forward to returning in June, when she will speak with lawmakers from Indiana about the importance of after-school programs, she said.

“We have amazing after-school programs in our state,” Frederick said.

Frederick became involved with the Boys & Girls Club first as a volunteer while attending Ball State University. She aspired to teach high school journalism but “fell in love” with after-school programming, which mixes fun with making a difference in children’s lives, she said.

“It was the best of two worlds,” Frederick said, noting she has been with the Huntington club for eight years.

She can’t believe she was unaware the club existed while growing up in the area.

“How did I miss it?” she said. “It’s such a fun place for kids.”



• The University of Saint Francis is holding events today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Paul Porter, director of diversity and inclusion at the university, will present “A Roadmap to Dr. King’s Dream: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication” at 10 a.m. in the university’s North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. Alex Giltner will present “Unique Dignity and Common Causes” at 5:30 p.m. in Doermer Hall, Room 156A/B. Go to www.sf.edu/mlkday for more information.

• Martin Luther King Montessori School, 6001 S. Anthony Blvd., will host a Rosa Parks Bus Tour at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Fort Wayne storyteller Chief Condra Ridley will share the story of Parks’ eventful bus ride that sparked Martin Luther King’s successful Montgomery bus boycott. George Hicks will share parts of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

• Middle school students can enter the 20th annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition set for 9 a.m. Feb. 16 at Concordia Lutheran High School. The 2019 DiscoverE Committee and the Anthony Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers sponsor the event. Go to www.clhscadets.com/apps/pages/Bridge-Competition for more information.

Field trip

• The Indiana State Teachers Association has partnered with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to support free school field trips for students statewide. Go to www.indianamuseum.org/field-trips for more information.


• On most Thursdays through April, Grace College will provide Sunset Tours for prospective students and their families from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Learn about the admissions process, financial aid opportunities and schedule meetings with professors and coaches. A complimentary dinner is included. Daytime tours are also available at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays year-around. Lancer Days, which allow prospective students and parents to experience campus with other families, are planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 29 and April 5. For more information or to register for a Sunset Tour or Lancer Day, go to www.grace.edu/visit, email visit@grace.edu or call 866-974-7223. 

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus has extended its entry deadline for a public art installation celebrating the campus’ 50th anniversary. Artists have until Feb. 1 to submit an application. Go to www.ivytechfortwaynenews.com for details.

Scholarship, recognition, grants

• The Southside Optimist Club is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Optimist International Essay Contest through Feb. 15. “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” is the topic. Prizes are 2,500 for the Indiana North District. Open to students younger than 19. Applications are available at www.optimist.org. Contact Josefa Schaper at Josefa@metrofw.com for more information.

• These hospitality administration students from Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France this spring through the college’s 22nd annual European Competition: Brennan Simpson, Dallas Yurt, Mary Cox, Kayla Wyckoff, Brianna Bertsch, Sandra Brickley and Carl Dalrymple. Students Ashley Hizer and Samantha Williams earned a road trip to Vermont for a farm-to-fork tour in May.

• Northwest Allen County Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools are among 50 recipients of the Project Lead the Way Cybersecurity Course grant, the Indiana Department of Education announced. Each district was awarded up to $8,000 per high school for the implementation of the PLTW cybersecurity course.


• The Indiana Historical Society is seeking volunteer judges for the 2019 National History Day in Indiana contests, including a Feb. 16 regional contest at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. This year, students are creating projects based on the theme “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” No experience is necessary to serve as a judge. Approximate time commitment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the contest day. Teachers who volunteer are eligible for professional growth points. Go to www.indianahistory.org/historyday or call 317-232-1882 to register as a judge.


Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email asloboda@jg.net.

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email asloboda@jg.net at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

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