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AYS Students Explore Social Emotional Learning and More with Help from Pacers Foundation

When AYS began its involvement at Clarence Farrington School 61, it became clear that the needs of the school aligned well with what the Pacers Foundation supports. According to their website, “The Foundation awards grants and contributions to Indiana-based nonprofit organization… with a particular emphasis on education activities/programs.” The grant purchased new art supplies, physical […]

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AYS Racers

The arrival of the month of May means many things. The beginning of summer, the end of the school year, and if you’re a racing fan, the Indianapolis 500. In celebration of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,The 500 Festival Foundation is generously supporting AYS with a grant that has been implemented to create AYS Racers […]

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Using Your Voice

Before last month, I had been to Washington, DC, twice. The first time was in the early 90s, and I was traveling with a group of Purdue students during the heat of the Persian Gulf War. The other time, I was in our nation’s Capital for a women’s health conference. Neither of these visits involved […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Marchee Davis

Who: Marchee Davis, Program Director at Cold Spring School and Lew Wallace School 107 Years of Experience: 3.5 months with AYS Favorite Color: Red. It’s the color my eyes are most attracted to. Favorite Seasons: Spring. The changes in seasons are interesting to see. Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla. Q: What has been the most rewarding […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Peggy Jo Bane

Who: Peggy Jo Bane, Program Director at Northridge Middle School Years of Experience: 6.5 years with AYS Favorite Color: Purple Favorite Season: Summer because of swimming and sun. Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Seeing the kids have so much fun. That just brings […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Marcus Jackson

Who: Marcus Jackson, Program Director at Phalen Leadership Academy Years of Experience: 10 years with AYS Favorite Color: Blue. It’s a peaceful color. Favorite Season: Summer. It’s the warmest of them all. Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies and cream. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Working with kids. Just […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Matt Cepican

Who: Matt Cepican, Program Director at Blue and Gold Academies Years of Experience: 7 years with AYS Favorite Color: Teal Favorite Seasons: Spring and fall. Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: For me, the most rewarding aspect of AYS is helping […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Sue Turner

Who: Sue Turner, Program Director at Crooked Creek Years of Experience: 22 years with AYS Favorite Color: Purple Favorite Season: Loves all the seasons for different reasons. “I love the change each one brings.” Favorite Ice Cream: Lemon ice cream, especially lemon custard Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? […]

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United Way Hand Raisers

Raise your hand if you or someone you know has benefited from the hard work and generosity of the United Way of Central Indiana! Not sure? Well, it’s very likely you do know someone, because UWCI has been fighting for the education, financial stability and basic needs of our community for an amazing 100 years […]

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A Different Perspective: Part II

Hey, everyone! Jimmy Lafakis here again. I am approaching the end of my internship at AYS. Recently, I’ve traveled across central Indiana to observe several AYS camps during spring breaks. I have had a lot of fun on my travels, and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. Each school brings a different […]

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