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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student has been named the state leader for an international network of support groups for teens with scoliosis, Curvy Girls.

Emily Phillippe, a freshman at MHS, has been dealing with the challenges of having scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, since she was 7 years old. When she was 12, she found Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group to help her deal with the challenges of wearing a back brace 20 hours per day. At age 13, Emily’s curve progressed, even though she was braced. Emily needed spinal fusion surgery. Now, at the age of 14, Emily is fully recovered and is starting a chapter of Curvy Girls in her own town. She wants to help other girls dealing with this condition.

Curvy Girls brings girls together to raise awareness and support one another at monthly meetings, hospital visits, and brace-wear shopping trips. Because teens with Scoliosis typically feel self-conscious about their appearance, and because they often have to wear a hard plastic torso brace up to 23 hours a day, they tend to isolate and may experience depression. Support groups provide an important opportunity to share concerns and information.

Curvy Girls of Indiana is a chapter of international groups started in 2006 by then-14-year-old Leah Stoltz of Long Island, N.Y. Since being featured on national television’s TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards Show in 2009, Curvy Girls has grown to 42 chapters throughout the world.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a medical condition of unknown cause in which a preteen or teen has an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with a scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Conventional treatment is through bracing and/or surgery. Scoliosis progresses 10 times more frequently in girls than boys, and some girls have to wear a hard plastic torso brace for up to 23 hours a day. In an attempt to halt curve progression and avoid spine surgery, bracing is continued throughout the growing years.

“Scoliosis affects us both physically and mentally,” Leah said. “While the back brace supports our bodies, Curvy Girls is our emotional brace. We need to help our girls feel better about themselves from the inside out.”

Emily welcomes girls with scoliosis to contact her so that together they can continue to make a difference. Visit www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/indiana and learn more about Emily and Curvy Girls of Indiana, or email IN@curvygirlsscoliosis.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Grant County Special Education Cooperative is offering a special opportunity to Grant County families with children or dependents with special needs: a financial planning informational meeting aimed at their specific needs and concerns.

This workshop will provide information on topics such as the ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts, and guardianship. This event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Gordon Homes, a certified financial planner, will be the speaker. He focuses on financial and estate planning for families who have children or dependents with special needs. He is a frequent speaker at parent support group meetings and state conferences, and he is nationally recognized in the area of special needs planning. He also serves on the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning national Advisory Council.

>> Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing bwillman@eastbrook.k12.in.us

Marion Community Schools is proud to be a part of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, and we are happy to host this event for area families.

If you have questions about this event, the Special Ed Co-Op, or other general questions regarding special needs education here at Marion Community Schools, please contact our Special Services Department at 662-2546, x. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Allen Elementary School and Marion Community Schools is proud of Allen's Principal Anthony Williams, who was recently honored by his alma mater, Ball State University, with a prestigious G.O.L.D. Award, honoring graduates from the last decade who are making a positive impact in their communities.


We know Principal Williams makes an outstanding impact on our school, and our community! We are happy that his success has been recognized through the Graduate of the Last Decade Awards at BSU.

Principal Williams emphasized that he accepted the award on behalf of all the amazing staff members he has worked with through the years in Marion, noting that it is not his work alone that this award should recognize.

Assistant Principal Messner, though, cleverly added to the honor and summed up the staff's feelings with another acronym, making it the P.U.R.P.L.E. and G.O.L.D. award! Principal Williams, she declared at a brief reception the staff surprised him with this week, is a "Perfectly Unique Rockin' Principal Loved by Everyone."

We're proud of Principal Williams, and we're glad he's part of our community! And we're grateful to BSU for recognizing his success, and our success!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Sept. 13, 2016

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Circle K that will be an easy way for everyone in the city to help us raise funds for our school!

Starting Oct. 21, 2016, purchases made at the specially marked "Fueling Our Schools" gasoline pump at two of Marion's Circle K locations will generate donations from Circle K to our school, to help fund various school improvements and programming. Purchases on any day at one of these marked pumps will generate a donation of 1 cent per gallon purchased. On special "Fuel Up Nights", the donation will increase to 10 cents a gallon.

This is such an easy way to help us boost opportunities for students at our school. We hope you'll help support Allen Elementary School in this way. Just make sure you visit the Circle K station at 901 E. Bradford St. (just down the road from the school), and use the specially marked "Fueling our Schools" pump when you need gas!

The first "Fuel Up Night" will be Oct. 21. From 4 to 8 p.m., donations generated at these marked pumps will be 10 cents a gallon. (RSVP on our Facebook event page for reminders about Fuel Up Night! Click here to go to the event page.) Watch for more information about this and other related special events.

And make sure you tell your friends about this easy way to support Allen Elementary School!