LISTEN: School Board Member Regan Lewis – Public Invited To Hear BOLD Strategy for DPS

LISTEN: School Board Member Regan Lewis – Public Invited To Hear BOLD Strategy for DPS

May 15, 2019 – Decatur Public School Board last night heard more about the district’s innovation plan that will address aging buildings as well as a projected decline in enrollment. The District is now inviting people to attend one of two open Houses. One will be held this evening from 5-8pm at Hope Academy.  The next will be held this coming Saturday at hope from 9am to noon. The Bold Strategies open houses look to get feedback from the community. Representatives from BLDD Architects will also be on hand to answer questions Board member Regan Lewis joined Byers & Co this morning to talk about the strategy.  Listen to the podcast now. 

WATCH: Millikin Animations On Display

WATCH: Millikin Animations On Display

May 15, 2019 – Three new animations will be featured on the signature LED sculpture “learning Curve” in the Scovill Sculpture Garden this season.  The animations by Stephen Gardner, Allison Brannon and Carrie Thompson were unveiled yesterday as part of an exhibit partnership with the Park District and Millikin. This is the second time students from this class have exhibited work on this sculpture.  Check out the video now:

PHOTOS: Illini Celebration Dinner

PHOTOS: Illini Celebration Dinner

May 15, 2019 – The Decatur Illini Club held its 3rd Annual Illini Celebration Dinner featuring University of Illinois Head Football Coach Lovie Smith. The event, which was part of the official Illini Caravan tour also featured Geoff Alexander, Assistant Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Justin Spring, Men’s Gymnastics Coach.   Over 150 fans were in attendance at the event.  

LISTEN: Come Together Have Fun

LISTEN: Come Together Have Fun

May 13th, 2019 – In preparation for their main event the Come Together Be Empowered 5k, the Come Together Team hosts Monday Night Fun and Fit Nights from 5:30 to 6:30 at Fairview Park.

WATCH: WSOYMCA Challenge 051319

WATCH: WSOYMCA Challenge 051319

May 13th, 2019- Tabata: if only it meant no worries for us challengers. Instead Angela took us through another fun yet hard workout to kick off the 5th week of the Challenge!

PHOTOS: Boots and Bowties

PHOTOS: Boots and Bowties

May 13, 2019 – An annual event for Baby talk got a re-”boot” this year with the first ever “Boots and Bowties” event at Door 4 Brewery.  The event replaced the Annual “Grilling in the Garden” event as a fundraiser for baby talk.  Organizers say the new venue was more accommodating in terms of parking as well as restrooms and the new theme, catered by Nelson’s catering provided a new all-around experience.  Nearly 250 tickets were sold to the event and proceeds support early childhood education ages zero to three for families who are the most vulnerable in our community. 

LISTEN: DPS Arts and Crafts Fair

LISTEN: DPS Arts and Crafts Fair

May 13, 2019 – Decatur Public Schools middle school students held their first ever Arts and Crafts fair this weekend, giving students the chance to show off. . and SELL their work.  The effort was part of a project based learning experience where the students of Dennis School coordinated the entire event;  from finding sponsors, coordinating concessions, and even soliciting donations. The event was hosted and organized by Dennis but also included 4 other DPS schools. Organizers hope to expand the event next year. Listen to the podcast with student Loralai Riley and Dennis Teacher Cristina Grijalva: