Imagination Library read-a-long video, a Reading Club field trip, bison sightings and much more!
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Kara Miller Joins us as an Imagination Library Guest Reader

Kara Miller Reads "As an Oak Tree Grows" by G. Brian Karas.

In honor of Earth Day, South View Elementary School Principal, Kara Miller, joins us to read Imagination Library book As an Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas to the children of Delaware County. Follow along in your own book or listen as Mrs. Miller tells the tale of the growing oak tree.

The Imagination Library program provides monthly, age appropriate books to families with children up to the age of five. Books are delivered directly to families’ homes at no cost to them. We have secured funding to provide nearly 300 children with books for a year! Since the program’s launch three months ago, we have reached capacity with the amount of children we can fund this year. The fact that this program reached capacity so quickly reinforces our community’s initiatives for childhood literacy in Delaware County.

We need your help to further the cause. For just $25, you can provide 1 child with 1 book every month for an entire year! Your support can make a difference in a child’s future.

Give the Gift of Literacy Today!

Longfellow Reading Club Takes a Field Trip

This month, the Longfellow Elementary School Reading Club had the opportunity to visit the David Owsley Museum of Art. There, museum curators led the students around various exhibits and guided discussions based on the works of art. 

After learning about specific pieces, the students were challenged to break off into groups and write a story about a piece of their choosing. The story below was written based on a large tribal mask. The tale showcases the students' abilities to think logically, while infusing imaginative and whimsical elements into their narrative.

As this year's Reading Clubs are winding down, we are taking a look back on the incredible progress the students have made. We are proud of their hard work and literary accomplishments!

Can You Spot the Bison at First Thursday?

The baby bison has already been exploring its new home, and our big bison is soon to follow! The Bison-tennial Public Art Project will be roaming around Downtown Muncie during First Thursday on May 5. You may find the bison grazing at Gordy’s, wandering with its herd down Walnut, or catching a flick on The Fickle Peach’s patio during the first Art Reels of the season. Don’t miss your chance at this rare bison sighting! If you have a bison encounter, make sure to snap a photo and share it on social media using the hashtag #DelCoBison.

Thanks to special bicentennial celebration funding for making this project possible in Delaware County!

Upcoming Community Events

Dr. Tyrone Howard will be Presenting “Why Race, Culture and Community Matter”

When: Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Union Missionary Baptist
             1100 North Macedonia Ave.
             Muncie, IN 47303

Dr. Tyrone Howard will inspire with his presentation, “Why Race, Culture and Community Matter.” Walk away with a greater understanding of barriers preventing students’ success and be uplifted knowing we can work together as a community to remove those barriers. Light refreshments and fellowship to follow. 

It's Time for the Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

When: Saturday, May 14
Where: Your mailbox!

For more than 20 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has held its annual nationwide food drive on the second Saturday in May. Using the unparalleled postal networks, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes. We are one of more than 10,000 participating communities! A special thanks to local postal carrier and United Way of Delaware County board member, Debbie Edwards Thompson, who is celebrating her 20th year coordinating Stamp Out Hunger in our community! 

VIVA's 24th Year of Honoring Service in Muncie

The Very Important Volunteer Awards (VIVA) ceremony was held on April 12, 2016. The event honors community members who have showcased the highest level of civic and social duties on a local level.

The following community members were honored:

WaTasha Barnes Griffin - Established the Community Coalition for Violence

Jason Donati - Founded R.A.C.E. Muncie (Reconciliation Achieved through Community Engagement)

Bonnie Mercer - Committed volunteer of Indiana University Health – Ball Memorial Hospital’s Cuddler Program

Sherry Richardson - Dedicated to impacting the lives of animals though the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF)

Katherine White - Devoted volunteer of ARF, Minnetrista and the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County

Dr. Marilyn Kay Stickle was awarded the highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. She has donated more than 18,330 hours of her time (that's more than 2 years of service!) to Indiana University Health – Ball Memorial Hospital, fundamentally as a charter member of the Cuddler Program. Additionally, she volunteers for the Altrusa Club of Muncie, Motivate Our Minds and the Muncie Civic Theatre. Thank you for your continual service!

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