Groovin’ good time

The fourth edition of Live on the Plaza again offered plenty of fun and showed that the event has become a great showcase for a variety of talent.

This time it was the Los-Angeles-based Groovaloos dance troupe performing in front of about 1,000 people June 16 at the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza — and using their energy to get spectators to move and groove. Previously, the event featured classical/hip hop duo Black Violin, circus-style musical performers MarchFourth! and a cappella group Naturally 7.

The Columbus Area Arts Council’s ability to attract a talented variety of performers for Live on the Plaza has made the event a good addition to its offerings for the public to enjoy.

Nice reward

Clifty Creek Elementary teachers will share $105,671.46 in state grant funding because they have been rated highly effective on their performance evaluations.

The money is part of the Excellence in Performance grant program, which awards teachers who work at Title I schools — those that serve a high percentage of children who are from low-income households and receive financial assistance to help students meet academic standards.

Kudos to the Clifty Creek teachers for their success and hard work in their efforts to educate students.

Show of strong support

About 1,000 people attended the fourth annual Carnival for the Cure fundraiser June 10 at Ceraland Park and in the process raised more than $66,000 to fund research to cure pediatric brain cancer.

That’s a tremendous display of support that benefits a worthy cause. The local fundraiser generated about $47,000 last year, and this year’s goal was $50,000.

Lynn Whittington started the effort after her son, 5-year-old Peyton Whittington, died of brain cancer (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) on June 4, 2013. People who attended, participated and volunteered this year are to be commended for their contributions.