Episode #341 - July 17th, 2019
Education Counts Michiana brings you four new stories this week from educators and programs that are making a difference spanning from preschool through lifelong learning. The Underground Railroad Days in Vandalia, Michigan showcases the legacy of historical sites and those who helped ensure freedom. We visited Wild School at Luna Hill Farm for a look at nature and natural learning. South Bend Woodworks shared toymaking process and their educational partnership with Goodwill Industries. We learn about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and how the program is getting books in the hands of children.
Original Airdate: July 17, 2019

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    Wild School

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    Time and time again children have proven to be professionals at turning nothing into something. As a way of embracing that natural tendency to learning Luna Hill Farm created the Wild School. Here, children are able to get outside and problem solve using the tools found in the natural world around them.

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    1. Amanda Jo BoenerCo-OwnerLuna Hill Farm
    2. John BoenerCo-OwnerLuna Hill Farm

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    Underground Railroad Days

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    The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County is celebrating its 10th year collaborating with the Village of Vandalia, Michigan to recognize the legacy of The Underground Railroad in their community. The Underground Railroad Days is a 3 day event where guests can engage with historical sites from The Underground Railroad, learn more about the history, and even witness a play highlighting the seven stops to freedom. The Underground Railroad Days takes place annually the second weekend in July.

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    1. Cathy LaPointeTreasurerUnderground Railroad Society of Cass County
    2. Mike MorozPresidentUnderground Railroad Society of Cass County
    3. Cindy YawkeyAuthorUnderground Railroad Society of Cass County

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    South Bend Woodworks

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    For the people at South Bend Woodworks, quality is their number one priority. South Bend Woodworks is a toy manufacturer that specializes in creating handmade wooden toys and products to last a lifetime. The South Bend Woodworks shop has even created toys for the White House Christmas party. Their shop is dedicated to training men and women in the art of Woodworking, even if they have no prior experience working with wood.

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    1. Don TroxelWoodshop ManagerSouth Bend Woodworks
    2. Michael LindburgPresident & FounderSouth Bend Woodworks

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