Episode #527 - March 31st, 2021
Education Counts seeks programs and initiatives that empower teaching styles and education. This week, we highlight some of the best ideas in education we have found. Learn how Kindness to Prevent Blindness is helping kids succeed in school. Let your brain become Bendable through the St. Joseph County Public Library. Alpha Kappa Alpha teaches students about leadership and scholarship through its annual cotillion. The Coastline Children's Film Festival makes the leap to virtual to be more adaptive and inclusive. ARS Gallery celebrates 10 years of the I Am the Greatest project and outreach. See how students are learning to write computer programs at South Bend Code School. Discover the enrichment of Video Games Dialogues at the Niles District Library.
Original Airdate: March 31, 2021

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Leslie Sullivan, Jacalyn Odden, Tom Allen More Information

    Coastline Children's Film Festival Goes Virtual

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    For the past decade, the Coastline Children's Film Festival has been providing young people the chance to see movies they may have never seen other places. But the pandemic caused last year's festival to be canceled. This year, the festival has made a comeback through a virtual platform to bring the magic of these films into people's homes.

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    Guests:

    1. Leslie SullivanPresident/CuratorCoastline Children's Film Festival
    2. Jacalyn OddenYouth CoordinatorCoastline Children's Film Festival
    3. Tom AllenYoung Filmmakers CoordinatorCoastline Children's Film Festival

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Alex Sejdinaj, Bella Murrer More Information

    South Bend Code School Classes

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    Learning how to write computer code at a young age can open up many different career pathways. We take a look at some of the ways the South Bend Code School is teaching a new generation of coders.

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    Guests:

    1. Alex SejdinajCo-FounderSouth Bend Code School
    2. Bella MurrerInstructorSouth Bend Code School

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Daniel Gillis, Tim Wiggins More Information

    Video Game Dialogues

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    Video games are more than just a fun hobby to do in our free time. They are also loaded with easter eggs that can reveal historical and educational materials for players. At the Niles District Library, their Video Games Dialogue club, opens discussions to the community about these findings, while also giving people a place to socialize and build community in the midst of a pandemic.

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    Guests:

    1. Daniel GillisAdult Services Team Member & Founder of Video Game DialoguesNiles District Library
      https://nileslibrary.com/bookclubs/
    2. Tim WigginsIT Assistance Manager & Club MemberNiles District Library
      https://nileslibrary.com/bookclubs/

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Lex Dennis, Norah Alwalan, LeRoy King, Lisa Plencner, Alex Sejdinaj More Information

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    Being an adult doesn't mean there aren't still things out there to learn. Bendable is a multimedia platform where adults can learn anything from starting a business to learning parenting skills. We take a look at how Bendable has grown since it first launched.

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    Guests:

    1. Lex DennisDirector of Lifelong LearningThe Drucker Institute
    2. Norah AlwalanBendable Engagement SpecialistSt. Joseph County Public Library
    3. LeRoy KingCEO & OwnerLK3 Consulting
    4. Lisa PlencnerDirector of Voter RegistrationLeague of Women Voters
    5. Alex SejdinajCo-FounderSouth Bend Code School

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Anna Russo-Sieber, John Sauve More Information

    ARS Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary of the "I Am the Greatest Project"

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    John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in continuance, spreading inspiration and creativity, to the community, through the gallery's workshops.

    Guests:

    1. Anna Russo-SieberFounderARS Gallery & Cultural Center
      http://arsartsandculture.org/gallery/about.html
    2. John SauveArtist/CreativeARS Gallery & Cultural Center
      https://johnwsauve.tumblr.com/

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Anna Russo-Sieber, John Sauve More Information

    ARS Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary of the "I Am the Greatest Project"

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    John Suave is an artist from the Michiana area who rose to prominence in 2012, presenting 16 of his sculptures for the "I Am the Greatest" project at ARS Gallery. This project has since been in continuance, spreading inspiration and creativity, to the community, through the gallery's workshops.

    Guests:

    1. Anna Russo-SieberFounderARS Gallery & Cultural Center
      http://arsartsandculture.org/gallery/about.html
    2. John SauveArtist/CreativeARS Gallery & Cultural Center
      https://johnwsauve.tumblr.com/

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  • March 31st, 2021 Photo Ashley Molyneaux, Hayley Boling, Sara Jackowiak, Leah Hardman, Leatra Scott More Information

    Kindness to Prevent Blindness

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    City: Elkhart, IN
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    When it comes to a child's education, vision needs aren't usually seen as a factor that can affect the outcome. The Kindness to Prevent Blindness program, sees this problem and wants to ensure that students are seeing clearly enough to accomplish their academic goals. They know that vitality of vision in learning and want to do their part to make sure that learning can continue to be seemless and fun for students.

    Guests:

    1. Ashley MolyneauxExecutive DirectorElkhart Education Foundation
    2. Hayley BolingCEO, Boling Vision CenterElkhart Education Foundation
    3. Sara JackowiakPrincipalNorth Side Middle School
    4. Leah HardmanCommunity Relations CoordinatorElkhart Education Foundation
    5. Leatra ScottOphthalmic TechnicianKindness to Prevent Blindness

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