WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – July 4, 2020 1 501 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) South Bend Fire crews battled a blaze at Prosper Apartments, the former Park Jefferson Apartments.Crews were called to the complex around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, and spent most of the overnight hours dousing the fire.There was no report of any injuries. There was no immediate word about the cause of the fire.As many as 8 families or tenants have been displaced. Crews battle Saturday morning blaze at Prosper Apartments in South Bend Previous articleHeat-related and fireworks safety tips to keep your July 4th weekend happyNext articleProtester struck by vehicle near Battell Park in Mishawaka Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Many schools have some sort of break in the last month of the year. As a mom, I can say that the downtime during these breaks is somewhat welcome, but I don’t want the learning to stop just because school is not in session. Many families and children are spending their month focusing on just a few short days of celebration, with the rest of the time waiting around for those celebrations to begin. At Girlstart, we subscribe to the belief that STEM fun (and learning) is everywhere and should be a part of our everyday experience. We also believe that when children take a break from their studies, it’s a great opportunity for parents, caregivers, and children to have STEM fun together, at home.But unfortunately, it’s hard to drop everything and take time to dig around for a STEM activity. I can say this (in our mutual confidence) as a parent who is also juggling life, work, and parenting. It’s okay. We know. That’s why at Girlstart, the last month of our year is officially known as ‘DeSTEMber,’ and we view it as our job to help you have a fun, memorable experience with your child that is also supportive of their learning.I remember when I was a child, some of my friends had those cardboard boxes with 31 cutout flaps, behind each of which was a chocolate. I never got one. But wow, did I want the joyful anticipation of being able to have a new treat each day. So, at Girlstart, during this special month dedicated to all things STEM, we give that experience to you and your family via our DeSTEMber website. Just like those daily treats, we bring you and your family a new, free, downloadable activity every day. These activities are easy and fun to do, using materials you generally can find at home, or that can be obtained during the weekly shopping run.And it’s not just for families. DeSTEMber is our gift to educators, as well. These activities can be used throughout the year as icebreakers, warm-ups, or activities when you want to have a break and enjoy some STEM fun. We even align them to state and national science standards so you know how Girlstart’s work dovetails with your classroom’s learning goals.Girlstart has been working on DeSTEMber since 2011, and every year we give you something new. As a result, more than 180 fun activities—plus even more activities posted to our blog!—await you! Come join us during our most festive time of year and take a look at our ideas!Best wishes from your DeSTEMber elf,Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.Executive Director************Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Girlstart. Since 2009, Girlstart After School has grown from 4 to 65 programs and has been recognized as the most robust program of its kind in the nation, reaching over 20,000 girls, teachers, and family members each year. Hudgins has served in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and higher education communities in Austin, Chicago, and in Central Europe for 20 years, and earned her Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague. “And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!” This refrain from the song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” rings true for a lot of parents, no matter how much they may enjoy the holiday season and extra time with kiddos who are out of school. Our guest blog today comes from Tamara Hudgins, Executive Director of Girlstart. Girlstart is an organization focused on inspiring young girls and teens to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, and a long-time Youth Learning partner of Dell. Dell’s Youth Learning programs help kids around the global have better access to technology and a quality education and is a key focus of our Legacy of Good plan. Tamara is here to share her tips on how to engage both girls and boys in fun, easy STEM activities this month, which she and her organization call, DeSTEMber.************
Arsene Wenger has revealed he has reassured England boss Roy Hodgson that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit and ready to go at this summer’s European Championship. The 24-year-old has not played for the Gunners this season having suffered a broken leg on the eve of the new campaign. Wilshere has endured a torrid time with injuries over the previous three years, with a number of ankle issues keeping him largely on the sidelines. But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night, played down suggestions Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery and has spoken to Hodgson about a player both managers admire greatly. “No. That is the wrong information,” Wenger replied when asked about a potential delay in Wilshere’s return. “He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I’m cautious but I will say (he will be back in) four weeks.” Even if Wilshere returns at the end of February, he faces an uphill challenge to be both fit and in-form in time for England’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Russia on June 11, with friendlies against Germany and Holland coming in March. His Arsenal and England colleague Danny Welbeck is in a similar position, as is Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge – but the trio are likely to be afforded as much time as possible to prove their fitness. Press Association