The students of Indianapolis Public Schools have turned Valentine’s Day into more than just a holiday for sweethearts; our thoughtful young citizens went out of their way to share messages with veterans and plan a wonderful event for families!
 
Congressman Andre Carson and his team organize a meaningful project each February: Valentines for Vets. For the 19th consecutive year, schools across the 7th Congressional District dedicated hours to making wonderful cards for delivery to our Hoosier veterans for Valentine’s Day! Many of our students proudly took part in this thoughtful project to ensure our brave former service members know they are loved, valued and appreciated on Valentine’s Day and every day!
 
Schools taking part in Valentines for Vets this year include:
 
Anna Brochhausen School 88                
Carl Wilde School 79                                             
Center for Inquiry School 2               
Cold Spring School                     
Ernie Pyle School 90                                 
Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56 
George W. Carver Montessori School 87    
James Whitcomb Riley School 43               
Lew Wallace School 107                      
Raymond F. Brandes School 65                  
Wendell Phillips School 63                         
William McKinley School 39  
                   
The student ambassadors of Key Learning Community spent several months planning a fun and meaningful event for their classmates and families. The Valentine’s Day Family Ball takes place February 12 at Key; this evening of food, fun and dancing is more than just an excuse to party – it’s a fundraiser for the school’s student-led food pantry!
 
The food pantry started as a class project last semester, but students had no plans to stop after they were no longer being graded on their work. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the student ambassadors and generous donations from community partners, more than 60 families have been served through this initiative.
 
The Family Ball has been in the works since October; students have planned every detail of the night as a team – including the DJ, photographer, food, decorations and logistics. So far, ticket sales have raised more than $1,600 for the student ambassadors’ food pantry!
 
“I look forward to seeing everyone being happy and having a great time,” said Seventh grade student Brionna J. “We deserve to go out with a bang this year!”
 
The Multiple Intelligences magnet at Key will sunset at the end of this school year, but these students are determined to make the most of their program’s final semester. The photography students hired to work at the event will take a huge Key family photo of all students and staff Friday night to capture the memories of their special evening. In addition to the family fun this Valentine’s Day, students are planning a talent show in the spring and a huge carnival to wrap up the year this June!
 

The kindness and thoughtful nature of our students is one of the many reasons we’re Proud to be Public – thanks to all who are spreading the love this Valentine’s Day!