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Story originally published on 03/03/17 on lakecentralnews.com

Q: Where is the museum going to be located?

A: In the safety village in Schererville, between the two theaters. They want to build a building and call it a Veterans Museum.

Q: How do you go about raising money for this project?

A: I think we’re up to a little more than $23,000, and I have one student that donated $1,000 of his own money. Every year we do a walk in May. We’ll have the walk/run 3k, 5k and 10k. Then they gather money from that, plus we have some stuff set up at that time where they can see it. We have a little ceremony, we’re trying to raise money to build a museum.

Q: How much money do you have left to raise?

A: We need $50,000.

Q: How did this whole project start?

A: I was approached three years ago about it by a former teacher from Lake Central, a woodshop teacher here for a long time, and he was very enthusiastic about building this. He’s worked and volunteered at the Safety Village and there’s a lot of support from him.

Q: How long have you been collecting all the things you’re putting into the museum?

A:  I’ve always collected stuff, but nothing to this extent, and what’s in this room is just the tip of the iceberg.

Q: How did you acquire your collection over the years?

A: Over the years I’ve collected things, people have given us things, a family behind the school just donated over a hundred uniforms to me. That’s why there’s so much stuff in [my classroom]. A lot of things I’ve picked up at flea markets or antique malls over the years. I buy a lot of stuff off EBay, and then a lot of families have just donated things, and a lot of students have brought in things.

Q: How often do students donate items?

A: I just had a girl from my class had just brought in all of her great grandfather’s World War II uniforms, and her great grandmother said, “I want Mr. Clark to have all this stuff.”

Q: What’s your favorite method of obtaining new items for your collection?

A: We’ve picked up a lot of things through the years from these different places, but I think the most touching items are the things donated to me by families and by students. Those are really neat, but I always make sure that the parents know about it.

Q: What really sparked your interest in collecting these kinds of pieces?

A: I brought in some things from World War I, and it was so interesting to have these artifacts. [The students] were so awed by the artifacts that I brought in.

Q: When do you think the museum will be open by?

A: I foresee maybe a year from now.

Q&A · Writing


Story originally published on 01/24/16 on lakecentralnews.com

Q: When and how did Studio 117 start?

A: It has been an idea in the back of my head for several years. It wasn’t until 2016 that administration allowed it to happen.

Q: How many students have gotten involved over the years?

A: Six students have been part of it. I’m hoping for more next year.

Q: How does it work?

A: Students create their own personal artwork and not only to show it on the gallery page, but also would like to sell it. They then add it to our page. As long as they have a personal email, they can sell.

Q: What kind of art is sold?

A: I have had jewelry sell at school in our galleria, but nothing yet on our website.

Q: Where does the money go?

A: All the money is the students’. No tax or fee to sell, if it sells for $25.00, they get $25.00.

Q: What do your students gain from this opportunity?

A: It’s a great opportunity to market and sell your work and become an artist. That’s the end goal.

Q: What other schools do this?

A: As far as I know, we are the only school in the country that sells our art on a site. Other schools have web-based galleries, but none sell.

Q&A · Writing


Story originally published on 08/30/16 on lakecentralnews.com

Mrs. Andrea Leahy, Mathematics, writes her agenda for the week. Leahy is Lake Central’s newest geometry teacher.

Q: What school did you teach at before Lake Central?

A: [I taught at] St. Joe in South Bend.

Q: Where did you get your teaching degree?

A: [I got my teaching degree at] Purdue.

Q: How are you liking Lake Central so far?

A: [Lake Central is] awesome [so far].

Q: What were your expectations for Lake Central?

A: [I expected the students and staff] to be really nice.

Q: Why did you want to teach high school students?

A: [The students are] goofy and they’re eager to learn.

Q: Is geometry the only class you teach?

A: Right now, yes, [I only teach geometry].

Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?

A: I had some really good teachers who influenced me [to pursue teaching].

Q: What are your goals for your classes this year?

A: [My goal for this year is] for the kids who put in the effort to be successful.

Q: What are you most excited for this school year?

A: [I’m excited to] get to know as [many] people as I can, [as well as] more students.

Q: Do you have any advice for your new students?

A: Make sure to always do your homework. It’s almost impossible to fail if you always do

your homework.

Q; How do you usually tell the difference between students who struggle with math and students who just don’t try?

A: It shows in your grade. I’ve never had a student who tried fail.

Q: It’s said that if you’re bad at algebra, you’re good at geometry, and vice-versa. What do you think of this concept, and which one were you better at when you were in school?

A: That’s sometimes true. However, there’s a lot of algebra in geometry. People confuse “I like” with “I’m good at” one versus the other. I was probably good at both because I liked math.