Preschool Offers Essential Developmental Skills, Learn More at Tonight’s Pre-K Fair

The Starke County Community Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Preschool Fair for local children and their families this evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. Several local preschools will be represented, including Marshall-Starke Head Start. Education Director Dawn Wallen says regardless of which school you choose, structured learning is essential to development. She says 85 percent of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Continue reading

SCCF Touts Importance of Early Childhood Education

The Starke County Community Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Preschool Fair for local children and their families tomorrow evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Development Director Sarah Origer says a number of local programs will be represented at this one-stop shop. She encourages families to look seriously at early childhood education opportunities. Continue reading

Knox Council to Discuss Band Stage at Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park Performance Stage rendering
This rendering indicates the placement and design of the band stage at Wythogan Park.

The next Wythogan Park improvement project is on tonight’s Knox City Council agenda. The Starke County Community Foundation will speak to the council about the performance stage under construction in the park during this evening’s 7 p.m. meeting. The project is on hold until the weather breaks but should be ready for performances by Memorial Day. Continue reading

Adventure Island Preschool to Lease Space at Former N.J.-S.P. Middle School

NJSP Middle School
Adventure Island Preschool will join the Starke County Community Foundation as a tenant of the former N.J.-S.P. Middle School

The former North Judson-San Pierre Middle School building will have another new tenant come January. The school board voted last night to lease the former family and consumer science classroom to Adventure Island Preschool through May for $350 per month. Continue reading

Starke County Community Foundation Honors Tri Kappa’s Generosity

Carol Blastic, Melba Shilling, Debbie Mix, Suzy Bishop, Colleen McCarthy, President Rhonda Cavinder, Kelly Manning, and Marilyn Swanson. Rhonda Cavinder accepted the acrylic plaque for the 32 active members of the local chapter, who support the local community in the areas of charity, culture, and education.
Carol Blastic, Melba Shilling, Debbie Mix, Suzy Bishop, Colleen McCarthy, President Rhonda Cavinder, Kelly Manning, and Marilyn Swanson. Rhonda Cavinder accepted the acrylic plaque for the 32 active members of the local chapter, who support the local community in the areas of charity, culture, and education.

The Starke County Community Foundation recently honored a local nonprofit organization for the outstanding work they do in the community. The Zeta EtaTri Kappa Chapter received the 2nd annual James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award during the SCCF 20th anniversary celebration. Continue reading

Hardesty Leaves Lasting Legacy at Ancilla College

Jim Hardesty’s nephew, Chuck Hardesty, niece, Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development, Sarah Origer, stand with an artistic rendering of the sign for Hardesty Hall, which will soon grace the dorm’s entrance.
Jim Hardesty’s nephew, Chuck Hardesty, niece, Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development, Sarah Origer, stand with an artistic rendering of the sign for Hardesty Hall, which will soon grace the dorm’s entrance.

A longtime supporter of Ancilla College will continue to offer posthumous support to the two-year private school. Starke County Philanthropist Jim Hardesty was an Ancilla College trustee and also founded the Starke County Community Foundation. Continue reading