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May 5, 2017

 

Mayor Joe Hogsett Makes Promise
to Indianapolis Students

Mayor Joe
Hogsett recently announced the Indianapolis Promise, an initiative that will ensure every Indianapolis student has access to a quality,
postsecondary education via college or skills training.

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In an executive order,
Hogsett called for the formation of a taskforce to strategize the financial and
logistical details of the program — including finding nonprofit and corporate
partners to help pay for the students to continue their education.  

 

According to research being
used to spearhead the initiative, only 62 percent of Indianapolis high school
seniors enroll in postsecondary education and 25 percent of those students
require remedial work.

 

Indianapolis Promise is
meant to provide encouragement to students who would otherwise not have the
resources to pursue higher education. The taskforce is expected to finalize its
report by December 2017.

 

 

Dr. Wanda H. Legrand Promotes The
Arts at TEDxIndianapolis

Dr. Wanda H.
Legrand, deputy superintendent for academics at Indianapolis Public Schools,
was one of the featured speakers during TEDxIndianapolis on April 25, 2017, at
the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.Dr. Wanda Legrand

 

The theme
for this year’s event was “Scale It Up,” which delved into the notion that
small ideas and efforts can expand to drive positive change.

 

Butler’s preforming
arts center was the perfect location for Legrand’s talk about the importance of
arts education in public schools through Any Given Child Indy. Legrand, a member of Any Given Child’s steering committee, works with local arts organizations and The Kennedy Center to ensure that every IPS K-8 student has the opportunity to participate
in the arts.

TEDx is a local program
of self-organized events, based off the world-renown TED Talks,
which bring people together to
share big ideas.

 

Call-a-Pacer for Your Child’s
Next Bedtime Story

From
now through June 2017, the Indianapolis
Public Library
has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to
present a creative program to get children excited about reading!

 

By
calling the library’s 24-hour Call-A-Story telephone line, children can listen
to recorded stories read by Indiana Pacers players and staff. Everyone from
guard-forward Glenn Robinson III to head coach Nate McMillan to Pacers Radio
play-by-play announcer Mark Boyle can be heard reading children’s stories — and
this time around it’s all about Dr. Seuss.Glenn Robinson III

 

The
2017 Call-A-Pacer
schedule started on April 3 and runs through June 19. Players who have already
read books include Paul George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague. Remaining
readings include:

 

May 8: Glenn
Robinson III, “What Pet Should I Get?”
May 15: C.J.
Miles, “Fox is Socks.”
May 22: Thaddeus
Young, “Hop on Pop!”
May 30: Aaron
Brooks, “Dr. Seuss’s ABC.”
June 5: Mark
Boyle, “Oh Say Can You Say?”
June 12: Georges
Niang, “Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!”
June 19: Nate
McMillan, “I Wish I Had Duck Feet.”                                                            

                                                                                                                                                         

To
hear a story, call 317.275.4444 or toll-free at 877.275.9007. Last year, Call-A-Pacer
generated 81,175 calls during its 12-week run.