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April 27, 2017

 

Lauren Johnson  
 
 
 
Lauren Johnson, principal of Raymond Brandes Elementary
School 65, was awarded the University of Indianapolis Community Partner of the
Year Award on Wednesday, April 26. The award was presented to Johnson at the
Community Campus Forum and Service Expo by Dr. Jim Pennell, professor of
Sociology and co-director of the Community
Research Center.

 

The Community
Partner of the Year Award is given each year to an organization that partners
with the university to provide service learning opportunities for staff and
students. Johnson and her school partner extensively with the university. Projects
include:
 
  • College Mentors for Kids. (Every Wednesday,
    students go on campus and experience activities related to careers and college
    life.)
  • UIndy Educational Psychology students meet and
    conduct field experiences in elementary school classrooms.
  • CELL C.O.R.E. Lunch Time Reading Club. (University
    staff and students read with third-graders.)
  • UIndy nursing students do presentations for
    students every semester and beautify the school’s building entrance and
    playground.
  • UIndy Art Therapy students host Art Club twice a
    week.
  • Afterschool Science Club, facilitated by
    university science faculty and students.
  • Afterschool “Mmm..mmm…Good” No Bake Cooking Club,
    with volunteers from the university and the community.

 

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award, but more so
I am grateful for the way the University and community have embraced our school
and showered it with love,” said Johnson. “I am so excited about continuing and
expanding these partnerships.”