Voices heard

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is doing a good job connecting with parents of students and getting their feedback about the district’s three-year calendar. The proposed changes indicate the district is listening.

Although a vote on the calendar is Oct. 23, the next three-year calendar looks like it will extend the summer break by a week, and do so by shortening the Thanksgiving break, and flip-flopping the protected week of spring break to the second of the two weeks.

Using the survey is a way to promote parental involvement in school, and a transparent way to operate. That’s mutually beneficial for parents, teachers and school officials.

Important support

Local and area residents recently showed their generosity for causes they consider important and dear to their hearts.

About 600 residents participated in the Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 1 in Mill Race Park, raising $99,200 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

A live auction on Sept. 30 raised $5,085 through the sale of 55 items to support Sans Souci, the Columbus-based nonprofit agency that helps individuals become self-sufficient.

Those who participated in or contributed to each event deserves thanks for helping to make a difference.

Nice honor

Cummins Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Rich Freeland was honored in September by Purdue University, where he earned his undergraduate degree, as one of its distinguished alumni by the Krannert School of Management. Freeland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from the school.

In addition his rise in the corporate ranks to handling the daily operations of the Columbus-based Fortune 200 company, Freeland is an advisory board member for Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

That’s a feather in the cap worth honoring.