News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

April 30, 2013

NBC visits Lost Creek Elementary to film segment for nightly news

TERRE HAUTE — Lost Creek Elementary School will soon gain national attention after an NBC network news crew documented efforts of students participating in a SPPRAK initiative.

SPPRAK — Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness — started in 2009, and this year the program is in all 28 elementary schools in Vigo County.

“I saw an article on SPPRAK in the Christian Science Monitor and thought it would be a really nice story to talk about with all the nice things the kids are doing and getting recognized for it,” said Samira Puskar, a producer for NBC’s Midwest bureau.

“It will make for a good closer,” on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Puskar said Monday.

The newspaper in March published a SPPRAK article written by Tribune-Star reporter Arthur Foulkes, which was distributed by the Associated Press.

As students walked past a large banner, school principal Marsha Jones referenced the attached colorful stickers where students wrote about kind deeds, some as innocent as getting help to tie shoestrings.

“I think the beauty of this program is that it is so simple,” Jones said. “Students love to acknowledge one another. They will stop and write things on the way to lunch, or even once they are dismissed, rather than go out to the playground immediately, they will stop. They will take their time from play to write” on the sticky notes, the principal said.

Each day, Jones takes five to six notes from the banner to read to students during morning announcements. “The teachers say the students love it — both sets of students, the one who wrote the note and the person it was about,” Jones said.

“It is kind of that pay-it-forward thing, [in which] one good deed begets another,” Jones said.

Kevin Tibbles, an NBC correspondent based in Chicago and a regular contributor to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, talked to students (Keira Beasley, Hunter Hill, Martin Waldbieser and Shane Zoleske), faculty and community leaders at the school.

“I love doing stories about kids. I don’t care where the kids are or in what part of the world,” Tibbles said. “Kids are so innocent and so straightforward and full of life. I am very grateful to be able to come to Terre Haute and do a positive story about kids.

“The other part is there is so much out there about the bad things and the pitfalls that kids fall into, and to be able to do a story like this, about being able to make a difference, for Nightly News is very heart-warming. I have kids of my own, so I think this is great,” Tibbles said of the SPPRAK program.

“Kids doing a good thing, people like to hear that and why not promote it? I know a few adults who could benefit from a program like this and quite a few in Congress perhaps,” Tibbles said.

The notes from students included writings such as “Lillie helped me spell a name,” or “Reggen gave me one of his sissors because mine was broke.” There’s also a note from staff — “Deputy Schoffstall bought the Lost Creek staff donuts.”

Robin Heng, a co-founder of the nonprofit SPPRAK, said the school program is funded from $1,500 in grants — $1,000 from Duke Energy and $500 Indiana American Water Co.

Heng said the nonprofit group is working to get a packet printed so the program can be expanded into nearby counties such as Clay and Vermillion.

“We saw the need. There is a scary culture in the schools with a lot of things going on with things you can’t do. There is a whole list of things you can’t do, so this is something they can do and gives the kids an empowerment to help each other out,” said Susan Short, another SPPRAK co-founder.

“It feels good when people are nice to you and feels good when you get to be nice to other people,” Short said.

Heng said NBC’s national broadcast will help spread the idea of doing a random act of kindness.

Nightly News producer Puskar said Monday she is not yet sure of the run date for the SPPRAK program, but said it is expected to run before Vigo schools let out for the summer.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
  • Purdue Shooting2.jpg Purdue shooting leaves one person dead

    A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vigo County Jail Log: April 23, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on jail records.

    April 23, 2014

  • Purdue Shooting_Will.jpg THS grad Miller among students in adjacent building when shooting occurs

    Kris Miller and his roommate were in a computer lab of Purdue’s mechanical engineering building Tuesday when they received a call that a shooting had occurred next door.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bosma Bosma moves gay marriage ban bill to friendlier committee

    Republican House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a more conservative-leaning legislature committee Tuesday, because it lacked support on the first committee to which it was assigned.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET012014 snowtracks.jpg We enter the deep freeze again

    If you had to step outside to get your newspaper this morning, you might have noticed it’s painfully cold once again.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET012014busses weir.jpg Levy redirects school funds

    If the new “protected levy” legislation goes into effect later this year, it would mean “a substantial reduction” in revenue for Vigo County School Corp. bus transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds, according to the district’s chief financial officer.

    January 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • School debt levy redirects funds across Indiana

    School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running — and children safe on the streets — pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation.
    More than 50 school districts in Indiana stand to lose at least 20 percent of their revenues for transportation, new buses and other big-ticket projects under a new law that requires them to first pay off their debts.

    January 21, 2014

  • MET 012114 DONNELLY BOARD.jpg VIDEO: Sen. Donnelly updates T-S editorial board

    Passage of a long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed by the end of this month, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Video

  • Vigo coroner tries again for salary increase

    After being denied last year, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos is again seeking to have her county salary increased to match that of several other county office holders.

    January 21, 2014

  • MET 042214 SWIM BULL.jpg Swim by 7 program: Cool Pool School

    Swim by 7 is a collaborative effort involving the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Vigo County School Corp. As envisioned, all VCSC kindergarten students would participate in the learn-to-swim program once the new VCSC Aquatics Facility is constructed and ready for use at Voorhees Park.

    April 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • Candidates file finance reports

    The Democratic race for judge of Vigo County Superior Court Division 2 boasts the most fundraising of all campaigns for the May 6 primary election.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 earthdaymcclennan.jpg Mayor Duke Bennett leads community discussion on litter

    Talking trash in the neighborhood can get down and dirty.

    April 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Public hears about grant to clean up E. coli in Otter Creek

    Greg Dunham has known Otter Creek since his childhood. “I walked that creek. I lived in that creek and I was all the time fishing in it, so this was news to me” he said about the concern of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the Otter Creek watershed.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 elanco.jpg Lilly to buy Novartis Animal Health

    Eli Lilly and Co. plans to acquire Novartis Animal Health for about $5.4 billion, a move believed to strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Men: Requests by missing IU girl’s parents too broad

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two men who were with a 20-year-old Indiana University student before she vanished in 2011 say in court documents that her parents are on a “fishing expedition” in their efforts to obtain evidence to use in a lawsuit against them.

    April 22, 2014

  • FEMA OKs aid for Vigo County

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings.

    April 22, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: April 22, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Monday and Tuesday, based on jail records.

    April 22, 2014

  • firstcarphotoforweb copy.jpg Remember Your First Car?

    Tell us about it! Your memories could be part of an upcoming story in the Tribune-Star. Click on this story to find out how.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET 042114 NEW ISU TRACK.jpg Indiana State breaks ground for $4.3M riverside track and field facility

    Indiana State University officials, community leaders and donors broke ground Monday on a new, $4.3 million track and field facility on the Wabash riverfront, along North First Street.

    April 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Panel approves new school benchmarks

    A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall.

    April 21, 2014

  • schaffer, aaron.jpg Man to face several charges in Linton shooting death

    A homicide northeast of Linton is being investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • aquatic center exterior.jpg Board approves bond structure to fund central pool project

    The Vigo County School Corp.’s $9.8 million aquatics center is “on schedule” and “the budget looks good,” Superintendent Dan Tanoos told the School Board on Monday.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Judge: Indiana hasn’t given good reason for same-sex marriage ban

    A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana’s gay marriage ban haven’t given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness.

    April 21, 2014

  • Police: Death from natural causes for 2 bodies found in home

    Death by natural causes has been ruled in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found Sunday evening inside their Pimento area home in southern Vigo County.

    April 21, 2014

  • MET 042114 NEW FIREFIGHTER.jpg 10 men, 1 woman added to Fire Dept. ranks

    Eleven recruits joined the ranks of the Terre Haute Fire Department on Monday during a swearing-in ceremony at Terre Haute City Hall.

    April 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • Mayor to host Earth Day event for children

    Mayor Duke Bennett has partnered with Indiana State University and the Vigo County Public Library to invite children grades K-5 for an evening of hands-on, environmental learning at the City’s first Earth Day Extravaganza. The free event will be today, Earth Day, from 4 ot 6 p.m. at the library.

    April 21, 2014

  • City to host Arbor Day award reception Wednesday

    Terre Haute’s urban forester and Mayor Duke Bennett will host Terre Haute’s first Arbor Day Urban Forest Award reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Ohio Building.

    April 21, 2014

  • Homicide investigation under way in Greene County

    A homicide northeast of Linton is being investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

    April 21, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: April 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, based on jail records.

    April 21, 2014

  • Ohio boy rescued from bottom of Indiana hotel pool

    The quick action of bystanders is being credited with saving the life of a northwestern Ohio teenager who was pulled over the weekend from the hotel pool at a southern Indiana state park.

    April 21, 2014

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Raw: Man Fatally Shot During Police Standoff Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security Raw: Royal Couple Tours Uluru in Australia 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Raw: Tesla Delivers First China Cars Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects Raw: Sinkhole Swallows Part of Fla. Yard David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Hong Kong Residents Help Create Green Roofs Raw: MN Lakes Still Frozen Before Fishing Opener
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity