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Local Students Have Opportunity to Engage with Bison-tennial Public Art Project

Local fourth-grade students participate in the Bison-tennial Public Art Project as the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay comes through Muncie Fieldhouse.
Delaware County fourth-grade students assembled in the Fieldhouse to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial. There, students saw the Delaware County bison, painted by artist Denise King. Delyn Harty-Isom ran the torch through the Fieldhouse as part of the Bicentennial Torch Relay. They were also entertained by Kevin Stonerock, who portrayed a Hoosier pioneer in the year 1810. The entire program was organized by Minnetrista.
Denise’s Lenape-inspired design for the bison was explained to the students, and they were given the opportunity to enter a contest to name the bison, which will be a public piece of art. 

The winner of the contest will be announced at the bison’s dedication ceremony on October 6 from 4-5 p.m. at Tuhey Park, with remarks at 4:30. Join us to celebrate the completion of this incredible project, made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

Thank you, volunteers! During Day of Action, you made an economic impact of $15,746.86.

Intersection employee plays with child at Huffer Memorial Child Care Center.
Vectren employees make improvements to A Better Way's playground.
United Way of Delaware County held its third annual Day of Action on September 1, 2016, bringing together motivated volunteers on a day dedicated to impacting community nonprofits. On this day, 197 volunteers donated a total of 694 hours to make an economic impact of $15,746.86 in Delaware County (based on Independent Sector’s Hoosier volunteer hour value of $22.69)!

Volunteers took on projects big and small, ranging from neighborhood cleanups and landscaping, to reading with children and office work. By living united, volunteers made an impact at A Better Way, Alpha Center, Bridges Community Services, Christian Ministries, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, East Central Neighborhood Association, Home Savers, Huffer CCR&R, Huffer Memorial Children's Center, Motivate Our Minds,  Muncie Mission, PathStone, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Day Care Center, Whitely Community Council, and the YWCA.

Day of Action 2016 was made possible by generous volunteers from Ardagh, Ball State University, BY5, City of Muncie, Coldwell Banker Lunsford, First Merchants Bank, Indiana Academy, Intersection, Ivy Tech, LifeStream Services, Muncie & Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Muncie Power Products, MutualBank, Old National Bank, Second Hand Blessings, and Vectren. Thank you for your commitment to bettering the lives of so many in Delaware County!
Left: Muncie Power Products employees bring new life to Cornerstone Center for the Arts' basement.
Right: Mutual Bank employees beautify the YWCA's entryway. 
Top: Vectren employees landscape at A Better Way.

One student went above and
beyond to improve lives.

Indiana Academy volunteers take a break from landscaping at Alpha Center. Zackary is pictured second from the right. 
High school students from throughout the state made a huge impact during this year’s Day of Action! Almost fifty students from The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities made up a quarter of this year’s Day of Action volunteers. The Indiana Academy is a residential, high-ability high school. This is Indiana Academy’s third year of participating in Day of Action. Volunteering for our event serves as a way for the students to earn Community Service hours.

These motivated students spent their morning at Alpha Center, an adult day care facility, adding mulch to the landscaping, raking leaves, and working with the residents. In the afternoon, the group moved to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, where they helped bag fruits and vegetables for a tailgate food giveaway event. 

One student, Zackary Swoboda, wanted to give back even more. While at Alpha Center, he saw a need to brighten up the landscaping. 

“The mulch itself looked great, but I could tell it was missing something," Zackary said. "I help my dad with his lawn and landscaping business, and I realized that some flowers would look really nice with the new, fresh mulch."

He took it upon himself to call local businesses, asking for donations of flowers to beautify the landscaping. He called 12 different businesses, and Rural King was gracious enough to donate flowers for Alpha Center.

"Alpha Center is an amazing organization, and I was truly inspired by all the volunteers," Zackary stated. "The adults that attended were also so sweet, and I wanted to do something a little extra for everyone involved. It made me feel so good to help spruce up Alpha Center because everyone there deserves it.”

Zackary now plans to volunteer at Alpha Center for four hours each Thursday as soon as his soccer season wraps up. We are so grateful for volunteers like Zackary who LIVE UNITED in our community and motivate others to join in our mission!
Indiana Academy students have fun while bagging fruits and vegetables at Second Harvest Food Bank.
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