Classroom briefs

Literacy Festival seeks booth participants

The Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force will host the 15th annual Bartholomew Reads Authors Conference and Literary Festival at Central Middle School on April 6.

In addition to its traditional activities of children’s games and activities focused on literacy, the festival will feature presentations by author Jerry Craft, as well as presentations by local authors.

Craft will give his presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. with activities focusing on children and families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded and there will be gently used books available for distribution.

The task force has been active with many literacy initiatives including the publication of a multilingual parent book.

Organizations that wish to have a station at the literacy festival providing a children’s game or activity that involves literacy are welcome to apply by sending an email to reserve a booth to [email protected]. Booth activities are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force is a collaborative initiative involving organizations and agencies concerned with the level of literacy in the community. The goals of the task force are that all children come to school ready to learn to read, all children will read on grade level by third grade, all caregivers will be equipped to support their child’s education, all Bartholomew County adults will be proficient readers and all adults will support county literacy initiatives.

East Wrestling sponsors Mulch Madness

The Columbus East Wrestling Club will present the 13th annual Mulch Madness fundraiser to support its wrestling program.

Delivery dates will be April 13, April 14 and April 27 with a rainout date of April 28.

To order, search Facebook for Columbus East Wrestling, events, and click on the link to order mulch. For questions, email [email protected].

The mulch is an AA hardwood brown mulch from Tiffany Lawn and Garden in Indianapolis. Different colors are available for delivery and the wrestlers may be hired to spread it for you as part of the fundraiser. Mulch will be sold by the yard with the cost to spread at $45 per yard. Payment is due at the time of delivery.

For questions, email [email protected].

State Museum to host eclipse celebration

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum will host a day full of excitement and educational experiences at the Total Solar Eclipse Celebration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 8.

Attendees of all ages can immerse themselves in this once-in-a-lifetime event through eclipse-themed activities, live demonstrations, collaborative art, science experiments, fun facts and more, all supported by the Simons Foundation.

Visitors will receive a free pair of solar viewing glasses, while supplies last, then learn how to safely view this rare celestial phenomenon. Visitors are invited to decorate their own eclipse masks. Additional viewing glasses will be available for purchase at the Indiana Store along with eclipse-themed merchandise.

Live DJ entertainment, hands-on activities and sensory experiences will help visitors discover the science of earth and space. Families can also chat with a geologist and learn how to harness the sun’s energy with a solar oven.

Stomp rockets will be available outside, as well as the Woodshop on Wheels. For astronomy lovers, a physicist from Indiana University-Indianapolis will offer a unique view into space through a telescope projection and answer questions about the universe.

As totality approaches at 3:06 p.m., attendees can find a spot on the front lawn to view the eclipse or enjoy a live stream in the indoor comfort of the IMAX theater or the museum’s auditorium and great hall. The museum will stay open late for visitors to explore the naturalist lab and three floors of galleries.

The Total Solar Eclipse Celebration is free for members and included with general admission, which is $20 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-17) and $18 for seniors. Space is limited, and registration is required by April 5. Visitors can go to for information about admission discounts and eclipse programs at other Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites locations across the state.

Student named to Dean’s list

Bradley University

Columbus: Sarah Chandler