USDA Makes it Their Mission to Make School Lunches Healthier

Healthy_Hunger_Free_Kids_Act-300x233It’s back-to-school season and that means you’ll no longer be in control of what your child is eating for breakfast and lunch every day. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture oversees school lunches nationally. Back in 2010 the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was put in place to transform the school food environment in order to promote better nutrition, combat childhood hunger and reduce the likelihood of developing obesity. Continue reading

Back-to-School Vaccination Reminder

bewiseAre back-to-school vaccinations on your end of the summer to-do-list? If not, they should be. Regardless of what grade your child is going into, there are required immunizations they must receive or have listed on their medical records. The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Continue reading

KHS Laptop Pick-Up Dates Provided

macbookStudents attending Knox Community Schools will have their first official day on Tuesday, August 4th. Prior to that first day back, high school students must obtain their laptops from the school. This can be done during Freshman orientation on July 31st from 8 until 11 am or during back-to-school night on August 3rd from 4 until 6 pm. Orientation pick-up is limited to Freshman students only. Continue reading

Free Dental Exams at I.U. Health La Porte Dental Center for Children Who Qualify

toothThe Indiana University Health La Porte Dental Center is offering free dental exams to children to kids with no dental insurance. The exams are by appointment only on August 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and August 6th and 13th from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. Not only will children receive an exam that fulfills area school requirements but children will also get a free bag of dental-related gifts. Continue reading

Students Gearing Up to Head Back to School This Week


It’s back to school week throughout the Kankakee Valley and many children are doing their best to enjoy these last few days of freedom from teachers, homework and classes. Registration is behind them, they’ve got their shots and it’s time to begin the new school year.

At Knox Community Schools, students will be heading to the classrooms for their first day back today. Elementary students begin their day at 7:50 a.m. and leave at 2:50 p.m.; middle school students start at 7:35 a.m., leaving at 2:40 p.m.; and high school students begin at 8 a.m. and leave at 2:55 p.m. Students will be dismissed a half-hour early every Friday.

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School Starts This Week; Drive Safely!

This week marks the start of school for many area children, and with the additional bus traffic on the roads, it is vitally important that drivers be extra cautious and keep a watch out for children who may be in or near the road. According to Brack Rowe, chief deputy at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, slowing down is the best thing you can do in the early morning or mid-afternoon hours.

“Just be extra cautious,” Rowe said. “Kids are going to be out and about, especially at the beginning of school, some of the kids are going to be anxious, so just slow the driving down and be more cautious about the area, especially if you’re going through a populated neighborhood. Just slow the speed down and be more cautious in your travels.”

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Return To School Went Smoothly Throughout Kankakee Valley

This was the first week of school for area students.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa talks about how the first week went for Knox Community School students.

“After talking to the principals at each building, I guess the one word we could use is smooth,” said Gappa. “There were no major glitches. Bus loading and unloading seemed to go well. I talked to the people at the transportation garage and all of the routes seemed to be in place and moving well. I don’t have any preliminary numbers, but hopefully our student population is at least as much as last year.”

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School Year Approaching – Drive Safe!

The school year begins for most students in our area on Tuesday, so be aware that student traffic will be picking up as they begin walking or biking to school.

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for children who walk from school. Drivers are asked to slow down around schools and watch carefully for kids who may emerge suddenly from between two parked cars. Children riding bicycles are often inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable, so be sure to slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle.

If your child drives to school, remind them of these safety tips as they navigate to school. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after school hours of 3–7 p.m.

Back to School Health and Wellness Fair Set For Aug. 1

Healthlinc, Inc. will be hosting the third annual Back to School Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, August 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. CT at the Knox Healthlinc Clinic, located at 104 E. Culver Road.

During this event, donated backpacks and supplies will be given to school-aged children, immunizations will be provided, and sports physicals will be available for uninsured and under-insured children. Other information and entertainment will also be offered.

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Oregon-Davis Students Return to School

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School

There was excitement in Superintendent Steve Disney’s voice as he talked Friday about the beginning of the school year at Oregon-Davis. The school ended the summer on a high having seen ISTEP scores increased greatly in the 2010-2011 school year. Disney said the staff is building on the momentum of that accomplishment. He talked about walking through the elementary school last week, and feeling that excitement.

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Knox School Registration Begins Next Week

We’re nearing the end of July already and pretty soon kids will be getting ready to go back to school. In fact, the Knox Community School Board recently reviewed the registration dates and times for students that will begin next week.

Knox Elementary, Middle and High School students will register beginning Tuesday, August 2nd through Thursday, August 4th. Superintendent A.J. Gappa highlights a couple of back-to-school events in August.

“We’re going to hold Back-to-School Night on Monday, August 15th and that will be in all three buildings from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,” said Gappa. “Freshmen Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 10th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and students will report for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 16th.”

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