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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Marion Community Schools and Little Giants Preschool are thrilled to have been chosen to be a part of documentary examining the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities for children. 

The documentary, The Building Blocks of Our Future: A Look at Quality Early Education, features programs in Indianapolis and Marion. Little Giants Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger, along with teachers and teacher's aides, were interviewed for the film, and the crew also spent time in our classrooms on the first day of class this school year.

Take a look at a preview of the documentary here:
 


The full film aired on Nov. 17 on WFYI, the Indianapolis PBS station that produced the documentary. That airing was not available to Marion cable subscribers (though over-the-air and some dish customers did have the opportunity to watch.

>> WIPB, the Muncie PBS channel aired by Bright House, plans to air the documentary at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

In addition, Little Giants Preschool is planning a special event for donors who supported our funding drive for an early education matching grant from the state of Indiana last spring. We are planning a local premiere of the documentary at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Globe Theater at Indiana Wesleyan University. Donors and their guests will have the opportunity to come and view the documentary, and meet some of the staff and families of Little Giants Preschool.

We are proud of our high-quality preschool, and we are proud to have been chosen to be a part of this documentary!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due next Monday, Nov. 21. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cards will be available for pickup the week of Dec. 5. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will be bringing their entertaining, engaging show to Bill Green Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to face off against a team of local “all-stars”. This team is known for high-flying dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. The Ambassadors — all college grads who are committed to remaining drug free — are also great role models with a positive message for young people.


More information about the game in the evening of Nov. 30 at MHS's Bill Green Arena, including where to get your tickets, is available at MarionGiantsSports.com

The Ambassadors will also be bringing a special program to some of our schools earlier in the day. Click the links below to learn more!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
For the month of November, we're sharing photos of some of the special people here at Allen Elementary. We're thankful for ALL of our students, teachers, staff, families, and our community! 



>> Click here to view the full gallery!
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.