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Central Lutheran Preschool Celebrates the Week of the Young Child Central Lutheran Preschool was happy to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Students participated in special dress days and activities each day, including Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Future Friday. Preschoolers were able to work and engage with older elementary students to complete many of these activities. They are very excited to share a building with the elementary students next year, as the new preschool addition is now being built onto the elementary school. The Nahrwold Early Childhood Center is scheduled to open its doors this July and be ready for the first day of school! If you would like more information about the preschool or elementary programs at Central Lutheran School, please contact the school office at 493-2502.

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 1:48 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 1:41 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

The United States Marine Corps is pleased to announce that Blake Rhymer of Heritage High School in Monroeville, East Allen County was selected to participate in the 2017 Battles Won Academy, July 13-17, in Washington D.C.  Blake was selected not only for his athletic performance but for outstanding character, academic excellence, and community leadership that reflects the Marine Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment.

The Battles Won Academy will bring together approximately 100 of the country’s top student-leaders for a week in the nation’s capital. The program provides Marines with several opportunities to purposefully engage the student leaders and share leadership lessons that will enhance their future success.

The Battles Won Academy taps into the irreducible essence of the Marine Corps, which is the fighting spirit of the Marine. The essence of the Marines individually and collectively is the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat an opposing force – whether personal or on behalf of our nation and its communities.

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 12:05 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Woodlan Elementary Teacher to Chaperone Honor Flight

Shelly Gibson

Ms. Shelly Gibson, teacher at Woodlan Elementary was chosen to chaperone the next honor flight! Ms. Gibson was chosen because of her hard work and dedication by supporting the Veterans over the years as she leads the efforts for the annual Veterans Day program.


POSTED: 05/02/17 at 4:17 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Now Offering Before/After School Care and New Facilities

Central Lutheran School, located at 900 Green St, has announced that they will offer before and after school care for the 2017-2018 school year. The before and after school care will be available for all students who are enrolled in preschool through 8th grade at Central Lutheran. The school is also on schedule to open a new Early Childhood Center and Gymnasium for the 2017-2018 school year. The project at Central Lutheran School includes 16,430sf addition and 18,966sf gym expansion. Enrollment is currently open to the community. Families interested in enrolling can contact the Admissions Counselor, Mrs. Kelly Beverly, at 493-2502 ext. 337. Classes are filling up quickly for next school year!

About Central Lutheran School

Central Lutheran School has been a part of the New Haven community since 1952. Central serves over 400 students and offers classes for students in 3-yaer old preschool through 8th grade. For additional information about the building project or information about enrolling your child, go to or call us at 260-493-2502.

A view of the East side of the Early Childhood Center

Gymnasium: The gym will contain a high school sized basketball court, two side courts, seating in the bleachers for 400, a stage for drama production and concerts, 4 locker rooms, restrooms, storage, and an athletic director’s office.

A view inside one of the early childhood classrooms

Central Lutheran



POSTED: 05/02/17 at 3:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News, Schools

LEARN Resource Center Brings Summer Program and Meals to Monroeville

This summer, LEARN Resource Center will operate a part day summer program, and free lunch program in Monroeville. This program will run June 5 – July 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Monroeville Community Park. The program is for children who will be in grades K– 6 this fall.  Lunch will be served from 12 – 1 p.m. every day, and is open to all children ages 1–18.

The Monroeville Park Board helped to make this program possible by providing LEARN with access to the picnic shelter. Additionally, the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce provided a generous donation. Because of access to the picnic shelter, LEARN will be able to operate this program rain or shine all summer long. Cornerstone Youth Center will also get involved by providing a van to take junior and senior high schoolers to their summer program for afternoon activities and allowing access to their computer lab.

LEARN Resource Center currently operates an after school program at Heritage Elementary. Because of the program at Heritage, Executive Director, Sharon Wilson, realized that children in Monroeville would greatly benefit from a summer program and free lunch program.

Wilson says, “I am very excited to see our summer program expanding to Monroeville! I’m a Heritage HS grad. Growing up in a rural area, there wasn’t any kind of program close by to participate in as a kid. Having a summer program in Monroeville will bring greater access for fun summer activities for elementary age children.”

Even though the Monroeville Summer Program is free, registration is required. You can register by going to The lunch program does not require registration. Children can simply show up a noon for lunch.

LEARN Resource Center is a grassroots nonprofit in New Haven serving the community of East Allen County for over 50 years. It operates two before school programs and three after school programs for kids in grades K-6 at New Haven Primary, New Haven Intermediate, and Heritage Elementary. The aim of the programs is to offer a place for kids to go while their parents are still at work where they can grow mentally, socially, and physically. For more information, or to make a donation go to

POSTED: 04/26/17 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Statement from the East Allen County School Board

On behalf of the board of School Trustees, we would like to publicly thank Dr. Ken Folks for his service to East Allen County Schools and wish him the best of luck on his retirement.  Ken, through his leadership, enthusiasm, and energy has returned EACS to a level of distinction that has not been achieved for some time.  This Board would also like to thank Ken for being our friend and for always administering an open door policy.  Thank you.

The Board takes the process of placing a new superintendent very seriously and is committed to conducting a search that is as open and transparent as possible.  The Board will not rush this process as we strive to find the best candidate to lead the school district.  Rather than adhering to a strict timeline, we have set timeframes for reasonable objectives we would like to see materialize.

EACS has an exceptional and dedicated staff in place and we are very confident in its ability to lead us through this process until another superintendent is named.  This Board will conduct a search both internally and externally in an effort to secure the very best leader for EACS.  The Board of Trustees, along with the administration team, will continue to work closely with Dr. Folks for the duration of his service.

Thank you to every member of the East Allen County school family.  Through your professionalism, you have made EACS a sought-after school system.


POSTED: 04/12/17 at 12:46 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Paulding Putnam Electric Brings Energy Experience to LEARN After School Program

Students in LEARN Resource Center’s after school programs at New Haven Intermediate and Heritage Elementary recently received a visit from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative. Peter Niagu, Energy Advisor for Paulding Putnam, came to both schools and students competed against each other in an energy trivia game. They were asked questions about renewable and nonrenewable energy and identified different types of energy based on a given description. The competition ended in a tie, and both schools will receive a cookie party compliments of Paulding Putnam.

Students also had the opportunity to ride an energy bike. By riding the energy bike, the kids powered three different kinds of light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, and LED. This demonstration helped show students which kind of light bulbs are most energy efficient as the light bulbs required different amounts of peddling.

LEARN Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving east Allen County that works to enrich the learning and well-being of children and their families by promoting personal, social and educational development for a lifetime. The organization operates two before school programs and three after school programs. LEARN Resource Center is currently taking registration for its summer program which will run June 5 – August 4. For more information, visit

POSTED: 04/02/17 at 7:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

Bishop Dwenger High School production of Bye Bye Birdie is scheduled for performances on May 5, 6, and 7. The students involved in the Arts at Dwenger are a special group of kids and are extremely talented.

If you have interest, please go our facebook page: and select the “event” page for Bye Bye Birdie to see a few “behind the scenes” pictures and videos.

POSTED: 04/02/17 at 7:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools

Central Lutheran School Congratulates Michael Mackin

Central Lutheran School is proud to congratulate 6th grader Michael Mackin on being named one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Indiana National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Indiana University, Purdue University in Indianapolis on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with 4th through 8th grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.  With his invitation to the state competition, this places Michael in the top 1% in geographic literacy among the nation’s 4th through 8th graders!

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll.

Congratulations to Michael, and best of luck at the state competition.  We are so proud of you!

Michael is one of 400 students attending Central Lutheran School. Central Lutheran has been a part of the New Haven community since 1952 and offers classes for students in 3-year-old preschool through 8th grade. For additional information about enrolling your child, go to or call us at 260-493-2502.

POSTED: 03/22/17 at 9:55 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools