by Kalie Ammons
Wabash County Promise is a program started by a partnership of the Y and the community to increase college attendance and end the cultural stigma of college being an impossible feat.
“It’s a real collaborative effort to make sure that every child has a trajectory, a plan. Whether it’s vocational school or a four-year degree, certification, technical training… Whatever it is, so when they graduate, they have a plan in place,” Amanda Jones-Layman, Director of Academic Engagement and Summer Learning Programs at the Y, told The Paper.
The Wabash County Promise will focus on children starting kindergarten follow them until they graduate high school.
“The focus group for this year is K-3rd grade. The idea that if you’re starting to talk about college in 11th grade, it’s too late to really do anything.”
The program is set up like this: starting during kindergarten registration, students open up a college savings account that they supply with $25 they raise on their own, after which local donors will match with $75. In fourth grade, the students will identify their dreams for the future. By sixth grade, all students will sign up for the 21st Century Scholars program. In ninth grade, they will sign a letter of intent to graduate. Finally, eleventh and twelfth grade will consist of filling out the FAFSA and applying for colleges.
A bus trip to the two Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Sites is planned for Saturday, Aug. 3. The Wabash County Historical Society is sponsoring the trip, but it is open to anyone. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Porter’s birth. She was born in Wabash County but spent her married life in Geneva, Ind., and Rome City, Ind., before spending her final years in California. Her Indiana homes are where she wrote her 12 novels and her nature books. She was one of the most popular authors of the early 20th century, a photographer, an artist, a naturalist, an early environmental advocate, and one of the first women in the nation to own her own film company.
Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity is pleased to announce the non-profit organizations that will receive funding from this year’s chili for charity cook-off. Twenty-eight applications were submitted for consideration and 10 were selected.
The Wabash River Defenders, 85 Hope, Best of the Best, Wabash County Transit, FAME, Honeywell Center Educational Outreach Program, Paradise Spring Historical Park, Special Olympics of Wabash County, Wabash County Historical Museum, and The Access will all benefit from the one-day fundraising event.
On July 11, at approximately 3:10 p.m., emergency responders were called to an accident on Baumbauer Road.
Tiffany Sluss, 22, 500 Harriet St., Lagro, was driving a blue 2006 Chevy Aveo, when she entered a curve too fast. The vehicle, containing six occupants, left the roadway and flipped approximately seven times before coming to a rest in a field.
Wabash Marketplace, Inc. has partnered with the Wabash County YMCA and Wabash City Schools to launch a Community Garden at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School. Patrick Sullivan, executive director for Wabash Marketplace, Dr. Marvin Wright, a volunteer and YMCA staff helped construct two new raised beds to join one existing bed at OJ Neighbours. Wabash Marketplace, True Value, Hoffman’s Nursery, Brodbeck Seeds and Schlemmer Brothers Metalworks donated materials for the beds.
At least 100 people are wanted on July 20 at the Y at 8 a.m. to participate in this month’s Walk with a Doc. This is a good way for your business to be seen at a community event wearing your logo or company shirts. Ford Meter Box sponsors this month’s WWAD.
The classmates of Wabash High School are planning their 40th class reunion Kick Off and are inviting the community. They are renting the Eagles Theatre, Thursday, August 1 at 6:30 to watch the most attended movie in 1973, "American Graffiti.” Concessions will be available at cost.
Following the movie will be a reception at the Cloud Room at Charlie Creek Inn.
by Emily Armentrout
The County Farm Barn, located off Manchester Avenue, has been given new siding and had the roof repaired with the help of local contributors.
The barn was in serious need of repair, as the Wabash County Farm becomes one of Indiana’s new testing hubs. “The barn needed to have something done with it or weather wise, we were going to lose it. None of the doors were on it and the roof had several holes. Weather was getting inside,” Susi Stephan from the Wabash County Soil and Water Conservation District told The Paper.