School News – August 29

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Walk to raise awareness about domestic violence

A one-mile, high-heel walk to benefit Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and raise awareness about domestic violence is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

The third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is the senior project of Columbus East High School student Kayla Gastineau. She was inspired to focus her project on Turning Point after working with the organization on the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser.

High heels are recommended but not required for the walk. Participants can register at for $35.

For more information, contact Gastineau at

Mobile app challenge open to area students

The fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge is accepting new app ideas from middle and high school students for the 2016-17 competition.

Students are encouraged to make teams, brainstorm ideas and create concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities. Ideas can be submitted now through midnight Nov. 18. Winners will be announced in January and February 2017.

The challenge is open to public, private and parochial schools, and teams representing nonprofit organizations.

Prizes include tablets for each team member, up to $20,000 cash to support the team’s school or organization and the chance to make your ideas into working apps that will be available for download.

For information on how to enter and tips for your apps, go online at or

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.