The eighth grader came to school counselor Lydia McNeiley on the second day of school with a request: Was there any way he could be excused from gym class? For nearly a year and a half, the student, along with about 80 percent of his peers at Charles N. Scott Middle School in Hammond, Indiana, had been learning remotely.
On Tuesday, the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond provided more than 4,000 school supply items, such as folders, binders, glue, crayons, markers, pens, pencils and notebooks, to students attending Hammond elementary schools. "(The) School City of Hammond is so grateful for the generosity of our community partner Horseshoe Casino for its donation of essential school supplies," said Superintendent Scott Miller. "We thank them for doing their part to support the growth and well-being of Hammond students."
Almost every day since July, David Verta has walked the halls of Hammond Central High School learning the layout of all three floors from left to right. As the first principal ever of Hammond Central, he needed to know his way around so he could direct all 1,900 students on their first day. Wednesday was not only the first time any classes were held at the new high school, but it was the first time in 18 months that nearly all of the students had even been to school in person.
The auditorium at the new Hammond Central High School now bears the name of a former superintendent for the School City of Hammond who championed for students and the new high school. Walter Watkins, who died in December 2019 before he could see the new high school come to life, started in the district as a middle school teacher and is remembered for his commitment to promoting diversity within the school city.
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