Parents and Students Enjoy “Paint With Me” Family Night at Local Elementary Schools Thanks to Art Grant

Parents and Students Enjoy “Paint With Me” Family Night at Local Elementary Schools Thanks to Art Grant

Children at Morgan and North Harrison Elementary Schools and their parents participated in a family “Paint With Me” event led by local artist Vanessa Lawson thanks to a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, in partnership with the Region 12 Community Arts Program at Hanover College, and matching funds from the Harrison County Community Foundation. Blue River Services, Inc. received the funds to provide an art enrichment program during the 2016-2017 school year.

The grant was made possible by appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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BRS Community Resources Consumers Have Their Night to Shine at Prom

BRS Community Resources Consumers Have Their Night to Shine at Prom

Pictured: From left, Dennis Martin, Cindy Lawson, Chad Vandeventer and William Carter pose for a picture at Night to Shine prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Consumers from the Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc. had their “Night to Shine” February 10, thanks to the Tim Tebow Foundation, a charity organization committed to celebrating people with special needs. 

Dennis Martin, Cindy Lawson, Chad Vandeventer and William Carter joined 75,000 other honored guests around the world for an unforgettable prom night experience held simultaneously at 375 churches in 50 states. Sponsored by the Foundation at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville, IN, this was the first year Blue River Services’ clients attended the event. 

Guests arrived in limousines and made a red-carpet entrance with friendly paparazzi. Everyone was crowned King and Queen and received a silver picture frame to commemorate the occasion.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, said Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources at Blue River Services, Inc. “It was a great opportunity for our consumers to socialize and have a true prom night experience, which is something we might take for granted. They are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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Blue River Services, Inc. Awarded Funding for After-School Program at North Harrison Middle School

 

The Indiana Department of Education awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grants to 57 organizations throughout the state that provide after-school enrichment programs to Indiana students. Awards range from $75,000 to $325,000 and total nearly $10.3 million.

Blue River Services, Inc. was among the recipients, receiving $112,500 to begin a new after-school program at North Harrison Middle School. Julia Baylor, Director of Children’s Services at Blue River Services, Inc. said while the agency has been providing after-school programming at North Harrison and Morgan Elementary schools for several years, parents expressed concern that once their child leaves elementary school, there was nothing available for them.

“Their child is too old for child care, yet too young to simply go home alone, Baylor explained. “Also, once leaving the elementary schools, there is no longer an opportunity for homework assistance or tutoring. “Many of these children have siblings that participate in programs provided in the elementary schools, meaning that parents not only must pick up their elementary child at the school, but then travel another 15+ miles out of the way to retrieve their older child.”

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Heather Richard Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

HEATHER RICHARD SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP

Heather Richard, after-school program manager in the Children’s Services Department at Blue River Services, Inc. in Corydon, Indiana has been selected for the prestigious Executive Journey Fellowship. Richard will join 27 other youth professionals for a series of residential retreats designed to promote innovative thinking and approaches within existing youth programs. In addition to the retreats, fellows receive personal renewal scholarships.

Funded by the Lily Foundation, Inc., the fellowship is facilitated by The Journey, a leadership and career development agency for youth professionals.

For a complete list of the 2017 Executive Journey Fellows, visit http://www.thejourneyonline.org/2017/Executives/2017_Exec_Announce.pdf.

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Child Care Staff In-Service Helps Build Winning Teams

child care staff In-Service Helps Build Winning Teams

The Children’s Services Department at Blue River Services, Inc. held its semi-annual in-service to provide continuing education and training for staff December 19 at Lincoln Hills Church in Corydon. To improve outcomes for children and families and prepare staff to exceed agency goals and expectations, the meeting is mandatory -- but it’s also fun.

Ritch Hochstetler and Ben Rheinbeimer from uLEAD directed the group in several interactive challenges and learning opportunities designed to maximize team effectiveness. Topics included “Discovering Your True Colors,” “Overcoming Challenges,” and “Enhancing Leadership and Teambuilding Skills.”

The meetings also serve as a venue to recognize veteran staff for their commitment and achievements. At the December in-service, Christie Lemmon, Child Development Associate at Rainbow’s End in Georgetown, and Shannon Hunsucker, Afterschool Program Coordinator at Medora Elementary and Jr. High Schools, received Commitment to Excellent Awards.

 

As part of a team building exercise, Lenia Gomez, Child Care Aide, left, and Paula Weathers, Child Development Associate, discuss positive and negative traits that each personality group brings to the work environment.

In a group challenge aimed at demonstrating how difficult it is to multi-task are, from left, Linda Flock, toddler teacher; Debbie Glotzbach, Cook; Margaret Davis, Infant Teacher; and Sara Tomes, 2-year-old teacher, who attempt to grab the person’s thumb on their left, while not allowing the person to their right to grab theirs.

Kayla Stone, 21st Century Program Coordinator at Morgan Elementary, Ashley Williams, School-Age Child Care Coordinator at Morgan Elementary, and Angie Browning, 21st Century Extended Day Instructor at East Washington Elementary, share a playful moment at the December 19 in-service.

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