Starke County


North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Committee Fund

Old North Judon-San Pierre High School
Proposed North Judon-San Pierre High School Memorial

The members of the North Judson-San Pierre High School Class of 1970 have established a fund with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation with plans to build a monument to the historic North Judson-San Pierre High School. The NJ-SP High School Memorial Committee hopes to commemorate the NJ-SP High School by constructing a monument on the site of the former high school on Keller Avenue.

The Committee members recognize that NJ-SP High School was and continues to be a cornerstone for thousands of lives. The school itself served as the sight for countless celebrations and milestones for members of the community. The NJ-SP HS Memorial Committee recognizes that teachers, administrators, and staff of the NJ-SP High School helped to make thousands of graduates who they are today. They hope that by building this monument, the history of the historic NJ-SP High School will not fade away with time as former graduates pass away.

Through the generosity of First Farmer’s Bank and Trust, the NJ-SP HS Memorial Committee and the Town of North Judson have acquired a portion of property on the site of the historic school that will be used as the site of the monument. After much thought and discussion, in addition to input from a professional landscape designer, the group has created a design that mimics the front entrance of the original school building.

The group also noted that an unopened time capsule and the cornerstone of the historic building have been preserved and will be incorporated in design of the monument. When the monument is dedicated, the Committee hopes to open the original time capsule. In addition, the committee hopes to install a new time capsule in the memorial to commemorate a new era.

During construction, some original bricks will be used in addition to the new bricks for the project which were generously donated by Norwayne Lumber. The cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $25,000-$30,000. The Committee recently received a grant of $2,000 for the project from the Community Foundation.

The committee and members of the North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Fund hope that graduates will take time to review the plan and consider helping to make the proposed monument a reality. This monument will serve as a reminder that the historic NJ-SP High School will forever be in the hearts of its students. If you have questions about the project, please contact Committee Chair Marshall Field at 765-490-0772.

Community Foundation Awards $12,100 in Grants So Far This Year

Knox Elementary School also received an education grant in order to purchase a new sandbox.
Linda Lewandowski, Kid's Closet Exec. Dir and Sarah Origer.
Girls on the Run! -- NJ-SP Community Education Grant

The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) has awarded $12,100 in grants so far in 2017. This is the first year that the SCCF has removed deadlines for many of its grant applications.

HealthLinc was awarded $500 for its Reach Out and Read program in Knox. The grant will assist with the purchase of brand new books that are sent home with children who participate in the program. A key component of Reach Out and Read is parents’ engagement in their children’s education. When parents read with their children at home, they assist with their vocabulary and pre-reading skills, and they forge important neural connections during a critical period of brain development.

A $2,000 grant was given to the North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Committee to provide funding for the construction of a memorial to the old NJ-SP High School, which was built in 1921 and demolished in 1993. The group wishes to provide a site for Alumni to visit and also to help preserve the history of North Judson through the monument.

Starke County A.B.A.T.E. will use its $2,000 grant to help low income families with children at Christmastime. The funding will help them to purchase food, stockings, toys, clothes, and gifts. A.B.A.T.E. was organized in 1975. It seeks to provide support for local, low-income families. Through this grant, they will help to lift the financial burden off of families during the holidays.

A Community Support Grant of $5,000 was awarded to Kids’ Closet for its new outreach facility. The building will house both Kids’ Closet and the Food Pantry, two organizations that work to provide services for Starke County residents. In 2016 alone, Kids’ Closet served more than 900 children, and the Food Pantry served more than 1,800 individuals. Due to the increasing need for services, both organizations will greatly benefit from a new facility in which supplies can be stored, organized, and distributed.

Starke County Community Corrections also received a Community Support Grant. This $1,200 grant will provide nutritional food for families attending the Family Seminar at the Regional Therapeutic Community in the Starke County Justice Center. The seminars provide the opportunity for offenders to have interactions with loved ones, which provides social support as they complete the addiction and recovery program. During the seminars, loved ones also engage in helpful workshops.

A $500 community education grant was given to the North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School’s Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run is a youth development program that integrates education and physical fitness. It also seeks to inspire third, fourth, and fifth grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The girls meet after school for ten weeks, and they will complete a community impact project at the end of the course.

A second community education grant was given to Oregon-Davis Elementary School. This $400 grant will help to fund a field trip to Potawatomi Zoo for all first grade students. The field trip is part of the school’s first grade curriculum in which students study and explore the habitats of a variety of animals. During the trip, students will read to find information about each animal’s habitat.

Knox Elementary School also received an education grant in order to purchase a new sandbox. The school seeks to purchase the sandbox for the Title I and Integrated preschools. Representatives of the school reported that research has shown that playing in sand helps young children to develop fine motor skills, social skills, language skills, sensory processing, and neurological processing.

SCCF grant applications are available and will be accepted throughout the year. For more information, contact SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer at starke@nicf.org or by calling 574-772-3665.