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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 8:30 amMarion, IN - The Community Foundation of Grant County in partnership with the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Grant County Economic Growth Council will be breaking ground on a new urban park honoring Grant County native, Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic strip.  Representatives from each partner organization will join Marion Mayor, Wayne Seybold and Indiana District 31 Representative, Kevin Mahan to commemorate the construction of the park with a traditional ground breaking ceremony at 8:30 am on Tuesday May, 1st.  Guests are encouraged to also attend the 8:00 am ribbon cutting ceremony for the Garfield visitor station inside the Community Foundation office which is being held in conjunction with the groundbreaking.  Coffee and pastries will be served from 7:30 to 9:00 am. The Garfield Garden will feature a Garfield statue similar to those placed in communities throughout Grant County. The park will serve as the trail head for the popular Grant County Garfield Trail.   Paved walks, benches and landscaping will create an attractive western gateway into downtown Marion along Indiana Highway #18.   The Garfield Garden will sit on property owned by the Community Foundation at the corner of Indiana Highway #18...

Please conatact Luke Owsley, Synergy 2012 Coordinator at 765-667-6469, for more information. BACKGROUND The Synergy concept is one of Mayor Seybold's initiatives to bring the community of Marion and larger Grant county area together to evaluate our community's strengths and weaknesses, celebrate growth and engage in a particular issue.  Eight years ago in response to several major factories shutting down, the topic was Economic Development.  Since then, the City has developed a solid development strategy and Marion has received several awards for development. The second Synergy was about Education and Leadership.  Although there is still a ways to go, MCS has been heading in the right direction and recently was taken off probation.  This year, the Mayor wants to take the scope down from the regional level (economic development) and city level (education) and touch on a deeper, interpersonal issue: the mindset of poverty that exists here.  Rather than making this a day to discuss all the problems and intellectualize "poverty," our committee's intention is to make this a day to celebrate the assets and intrinsic value of all our citizens. In order to overcome a mindset of poverty, hopelessness and poor self-esteem, a big part of the answer lies in...

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett today announced a new initiative aiming to dramatically increase college and career readiness among Hoosier students. Indiana now joins a select group of states partnering with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to raise Advanced Placement (AP) test scores. The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (AP-TIP IN) will boost both the quantity and quality of AP classes available to Indiana students while focusing on two subjects key to Indiana’s economic development — Math and Science. In Indiana, key support for the program will be provided by the University of Notre Dame, whose Institute for Educational Initiatives will administer the AP-TIP IN program. "More Indiana students are acquiring the skills necessary to graduate high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce,"Bennett said. "Indiana’s participation in this initiative lets us build upon the recent gains driven by our local educators. This partnership will encourage our students — and our economy — farther along the path toward a successful and sustainable future." Nine high schools will participate in the program during the 2012-2013 school year, with 33 high schools scheduled to join within five years. Next year’s participants...

On April 5, 2012, eleven of Grant County’s outstanding graduating seniors were honored with the Community Foundation’s Academic Excellence Awards.  Miranda Fuchs from Marion High School and Lanora Osborne from Mississinewa High School each received the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Now known as “Lilly Scholars”, they will receive full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of their choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment. Miranda Fuchs, daughter of Stephen Fuchs and Tamela Holt, ranks second in her class with a 4.0 gpa and plans to study visual communications at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Miranda Fuchs, Lilly Scholar 2012 Lanora Osborne, daughter of Michael and Linda Osborne ranks first in her class with a 3.90 gpa.  She plans to study pharmacy at Butler University. Lanora Osborne, Lilly Scholar 2012 Other Lilly finalists included Eastbrook’s Chris Pak, King’s Academy’s Rebekah Miner, Madison-Grant’s Lyndsay Christensen, and Oak Hill’s Kendall Drook.  Each of these students received a $1,500 scholarship from the Academic Excellence Fund held within the Foundation. Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must be Grant County residents and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  Selection...