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“STEM” Camp sparks students interests PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:09 PM

In July, the Education Center of Rising Sun offered two STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) camps.  These camps were based on the NASA IGNITE curriculum which was developed through NASA for afterschool and summer camps. The camp was designed to create a memorable and enjoyable learning experience and teach students how STEM is part of everyday life. 

Students participating in the camps were: Ashley Bowne, Ella Eldrige, Max Bowne, Brady Russell, Jazmin Brittain, Caydence Morris, Caterina Russell and Chris Bowne. 

Astrobiology was the first day of camp, where Instructor Matthew Adams lead the students in various activities and adventures answering questions about: What is a Scientist or an Astrobiologist?; What is the Drake equation?; Do Aliens exist?, What is living or not?; What does life need and where does life live? Students looked at our solar system and tried to determine whether life could exist in other places? It was a great day full of exploring, activities, questions and most of all fun!

Our second day was led by Instructor Sandra Bowlus. Mrs. Bowlus led the students in Survival – Food for Thought.

Students looked at food preparation, selection and planning and serving food in space. They also learned how NASA has improved food we eat and helped through technology to preserve foods.

Students also did activities with ripening foods, mold growth and a demonstration on germs.  They were able to create menus and select balanced meals for astronauts.  Again, lots of activities, eating, interaction and fun!

We could not have had these camps without some very great sponsors. We would like to thank the following for helping us begin the first of many STEM camps: Denver Siekman Education Program, OMI/Freshwave, City of Rising Sun and the Ohio County Community Foundation.   

The Education Center of Rising Sun will be hosting more one-day STEM camps throughout the year for K-8th graders. Our next camps will be scheduled during the week of  Oct. 13-17.  

For more information call 812-438-2437, for updates check out our website: or like us on Facebook for updates!

Willhite named first recipient of the Lois C. Mora & Gertrude Schockley Keller Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Burdette   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:52 PM

The Ohio County Community Foundation has named Sydney Willhite as the first recipient of the Lois C. Mora & Gertrude Schockley Keller Scholarship. The scholarship was recently awarded to Sydney by Holt Hoffman, President of the Ohio County Community Foundation Board of Directors.

The scholarship award is $1,000 and can be used for tuition or books at any two or four year college or technical school. The recipient must be a current year, graduating senior from Rising Sun High School desiring to pursue a career in the field of healthcare, medicine or nursing. The scholarship was established within the Ohio County Community Foundation as bequeathed by Lois C. Mora to honor the memory of Gertrude Shockley Keller.

Sydney Willhite is the daughter of Greg and Kelly Willhite. Sydney will attend Indiana University to purse a degree in Biology.

Contributions can be made to the Lois C. Mora & Gertrude Schockley Keller Scholarship in the Ohio County Community Foundation office located at 330 Industrial Access Drive, PO Box 170; Rising Sun. Donations can be made in memory or honor of a loved one.

For information concerning scholarships administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please contact the Foundation office at 812-438-9401 or visit the Foundation website at

Slack reunion PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:38 AM

The Slack Family Reunion will be Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Rising Sun Community Building, 510. South Mulberry Street. from noon to 4 p.m.

Table service and drinks provided.

Dance classes to start Aug. 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:27 AM

The Parks Board Dance Program starts its 12th year under the direction of Laura Baresel on Monday, Aug.18.

All classes will be held at the Rising Sun Senior/Community Center and run from August to May.

Dance classes offered include  Ballet, Jazz and Tap for ages 4-12.

They are sponsored by the Rising Sun/Ohio county Parks Board.

For more information or to register by phone:Call Laura Baresel at 438-9281 or 584-7129

Vendors welcome PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:26 AM

The Rising Sun Navy Bean Fall Festival is currently seeking Arts and Craft Vendors.

The 27th Annual Rising Sun Navy Bean Fall Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, in downtown Rising Sun and the Riverfront Park.

Homemade navy bean soup and cornbread is served on the riverbank. The festival hosts a KidZone, festival rides, parade and a variety of free entertainment for all ages. This year’s headliner entertainment will feature the Scallywags and After Midnight on Friday evening and the Motown Sounds of Touch and 1964 The Tribute (Beatles Band) on Saturday evening. Electricity is available on a first come, first serve basis depending on electrical needs.

Festival admission and parking is free. Visit For information concerning Arts and Crafts vendor booths, please contact Karrah Miller at 812-438-2750.


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