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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Key Club is starting a Caring Closet to help students who find themselves in need. Many of us take the basics for granted, but going without them is a reality for too many. The Key Club wants to help fill those gaps!

The service-focused student organization aims to have the Caring Closet open by Nov. 5, and will accept donations throughout the school year to keep it running. Donations will be accepted during school / office hours. Marion High School students and staff can drop donations off with Ms. Vermilion, Key Club sponsor, in Room 2-46. Anyone outside the school who would like to help, including MCS staffers, families, and community members, can drop donations off at the District Office at MHS, inside Door 22 to the west of the main entrance.

Requested donations include personal care items and shelf-stable foods. Click here for a list of specific suggested items.

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. It’s core values also include caring and inclusiveness. At Marion High School, the Key Club takes on projects each year to make a positive impact on their school and their community. For more information about how you can help support our students’ efforts, please contact club sponsor Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at the school, 664-9051.

Marion Community Schools and Marion High School are proud of our students’ compassion and activism in support of fellow students and their families. Learning goes beyond the classroom, and this is just one example of the opportunities offered at MCS for students to grow into real-world, life-ready Giants, ready to make a difference in the world.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider team dominated the competition over the weekend as the first Indiana team ever to win the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge.



Senior Audrey Dickerson, captain of the MHS Raiders team, accepts the first place trophy at Fort Knox Regional Raider Invitational in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Giants are the first team from Indiana to ever win the competition.
 

Saturday’s invitational was the first competition of the season for the Giants, who competed against the best teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana and earned first place overall.

“What a tremendous way for us to start the season,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach.  “These results validate the hard work the cadets are putting in during practice. These Raider competitions are designed to test the physical strength and endurance of the cadets, and their ability to work as a member of a team. Saying the cadets become fatigued during the various events is an understatement. They are pushed to their physical limits and then asked to do even more.”



The Marion High School JROTC Raiders tackle the grueling task of rapidly moving 50 tires of various sizes 200 yards during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. 


The MHS Raiders also earned a first place finish during the 2-mile run and a third place finish on the obstacle course. Consistently placing in the top four in all events pushed them into first place for the competition base on their overall point total.

“I was so proud of my team and how we worked together during each event,” said senior Audrey Dickerson, Raider team captain. “I have to admit I was really surprised when they announced that we were the overall winner. That was so exciting.”



Marion senior DJ Smith negotiates an obstacle during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22.
 

Farlow is expecting big things for the team this season.

“This is a strong team with some experienced Raiders,” he said. “They were last year’s state champions and placed in the top 10 during the National Championship. So they know what it takes to win. I am looking forward to seeing how well they do the rest of our season.”

Next up for the Raiders is the competition hosted by Blackford High School on Oct. 6, where they will compete against several teams from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.   
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Sept. 13, 2018

Calling all area families: YOU are invited to the annual Fall Fest hosted by Early Head Start and Little Giants Preschool - Head Start!

Join us for this fun festival that focuses on health and safety. This year's theme is "Community Super Heroes!"

The event will last from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grant County Family YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. This event is open to all families in Grant and Blackford counties with children ages 0 to 12, and it is FREE!

Some of the features of the Fall Fest include
  • Door prizes
  • Kids activity area
  • Vendors
  • Hearing / vision / developmental screenings
  • Car seat check
  • Lots of community info
We hope to see YOU there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Justice Intermediate School is grateful to be the recipient of a grant from Pizza Hut’s The Literacy Project.

With the help of First Book, Pizza Hut is enabling access to books and educational resources, empowering teachers, and inspiring young readers. The program provides free age-appropriate and culturally relevant books children in areas with a high level of need.

“Justice Intermediate School was honored to be chosen for this program,” said Justice librarian Kari Persinger. “We were able to purchase over 120 books for our library! We are committed to our literacy program, so those will be an invaluable resource for our students. Thank you so much to Pizza Hut and their amazing customers who contributed!”

Pizza Hut has been committed to nurturing kids’ love of reading through the BOOK IT! Program since 1984. Now, they’ve partnered with First Book to expand their reach even further. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries.

The Literacy Project aims to transform the lives of 100 million people in 10 years. Pizza Hut customers have the option to add a donation to First Book very time the order in the restaurant or online. The funds raised from each Pizza Hut location then goes to local educators to purchase books and resources form First Book Marketplace.

Justice Intermediate was recently granted $840 to spend in the First Book Marketplace. Marion Community Schools is grateful for this gift that will help us continue to expand opportunities for local students.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The well-being and safety of every one of our precious students is our top priority.

We are aware of inaccurate and unfair accusations being spread on social media regarding an incident on Friday, Sept. 14, at McCulloch Junior High School. Our professional educators who witnessed this incident have the facts. We have faith in them and are confident that they acted responsibly and appropriately, and with care for our student.

We are of course saddened that this student was injured; however, no adult touched this student. This was an unfortunate accident.

Every single day the well being and safety of all of our students, our staff, and all stakeholders of Marion Community Schools is our top priority.