Quick takes – October 1

Meeting special need

Columbus North quarterback Triston Perry is known for his success on the gridiron, but he’s also scored a touchdown with his efforts off the field. Perry has been helping Sidekicks, a running club for special-needs children.

His grandfather, the late Columbus football coach Max Andress, established a legacy of helping special-needs students by creating a hangout for them. Perry has followed in those footsteps after learning of the Sidekicks program, which pairs a child with a running buddy as a way to promote exercise and personal interaction.

Perry has raised money for Sidekicks for his senior project, to help with the program’s operating costs and to provide the youth with T-shirts and shoes. Money is being raised with pledges for each touchdown pass he throws. Perry and some North teammates even surprised the children with ice cream after one of their runs.

That’s what you call a winning effort.

Generosity continues to flow

Tony Moravec of Columbus is best known locally for his contributions in the business world, including buying and refurbishing the authentic Zaharakos ice cream shop and turning the former city Pump House into a restaurant. Meanwhile, his passion for art is providing a generous opportunity for others.

Moravec is donating his large collection of Domenico Tiepolo drawings to the Eskanazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington for an exhibit, “Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection,” starting today and lasting until Feb. 5. The father and son are considered two of the most notable Italian draftsmen of their era (1700s).

Moravec previously donated his personal collection of the Tiepolos’ old master drawings and a series of scenes from the New Testament to the museum. The latest donation will give art lovers a special opportunity to see up close some historically notable works.

Special honor

Kudos to Columbus North math teacher Mike Spock for winning a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, the highest national honor available for primary, intermediate or secondary school teachers. Spock was the Indiana math award winner.

He was one of three Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. math teachers that were finalists for the award; North’s Brad Branham and Northside Middle School’s Allison White were the others. North math department chair Dale Nowlin lauded Spock’s creativity with lessons and class atmosphere in his nomination letter.

Spock’s honor should be of interest to parents because it speaks well about the quality of teachers Bartholomew Consolidated has guiding its students.