School news – October 2

Campaign launched for playground project

A crowdfunding campaign has begun for a playground project at Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln Campus.

The campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, hopes to raise $32,000 by Nov. 3. If the goal is met, a matching grant from the IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program will be given toward the Linden Project.

The project is modeled off an original concept for a playground at CSA Lincoln in 1966 that never materialized. The name was selected as a tribute to the school’s architect, Gunnar Birkerts, who called for Linden trees in the design.

“This project will provide students an exciting place to learn in Downtown Columbus,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Not only will this space be for students, but I envision this serving as an important gathering place for families and visitors alike.”

Construction on the playground, which will include outdoor classrooms, sculptural benches and a butterfly garden, will begin in the spring and is expected to be ready by the 2018-19 school year.

BCSC accepting nominations for Hall of Fame

Nomination forms are available for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Education Hall of Fame.

The award recognizes a teacher, former teacher or administrator for outstanding service and extraordinary contributions to BCSC. Nominees must, at the time of employment, be a licensed teacher or administrator and have worked for BCSC for a minimum of 15 years.

Nomination forms are available on the BCSC website at or call the superintendent’s office at 812-376-4220. Nominations will be accepted at the BCSC administration building, 1200 Central Ave., until Nov. 1.

The winner is chosen by a committee of five made up of a teacher, administrator, parent, patron and board member. Those who are not selected will have their nominations held and reviewed for the following three years.

The recipient receives a commemorative plaque and a second plaque is placed in a school location of the recipient’s choice.

Vectren sponsors energy safety program

Students at five area schools recently learned about natural gas safety through an interactive education program provided by Vectren Corp.

The energy company brought its Energy Safe Kids, an interactive, hands-on safety education program to St. Bartholomew Catholic School and Taylorsville, Southside, Smith, Schmitt and CSA Fodrea elementary schools the week of Sept. 24. The program, which is based on fourth-grade curriculum, educates children about natural gas safety through classroom presentations and take-home energy safety booklets.

Vectren, along with the National Energy Foundation, plan to provide about 180 classroom presentations to more than 10,000 students in more than 170 schools in its Indiana service territories. Participating teachers and classrooms also receive teaching materials that include a teacher guide, a CD and energy instructional posters through the program.