Fun With The Fire Department
It’s always fun when the Cedar Lake Fire Department visits Hanover Schools for their annual Fire Safety program. This year the volunteer firefighters and business owners, Ed and Mary Jane Nowdomski teamed up to deliver not only fire safety tips, but a very special surprise. The group visited Jane Ball Elementary on October 9th with the delightful ‘Sparky,’ the firefighting hound, along to bring laughter and important messages to the students.
The biggest surprise of all came when four lucky students; Liam Fraze, Cheyanne Horner, Xavier Vallejo and Eli Ondack were all presented with new bicycles courtesy of the Cedar Lake Volunteer Firefighters and Ed’s Bike Shop owners, Ed and Mary Nowdomski. Students also received new helmets and knee pads to keep them safe while enjoying the generosity of the firefighters and Ed’s Bike Shop. “The volunteer firefighters raised $1200 to help with the cost of the bikes and equipment,” said Lieutenant Bogenschneider, “and it’s exciting to see the kids reaction to receiving a brand new bike.” Mary Jane Nowdomski was delighted to be at the event with her husband Ed and help present the bikes to the students. “We’re a part of this community and we’re thrilled to help out the kids,” she said. Ed’s Bike Shop, which is currently on 133rd Avenue just east of Route 41 will be moving to their new location at 13809 Morse Street on the south side of Cedar Lake. “We’re thrilled to be able to stay in Cedar Lake and hopefully we’ll be in our new location by February and stay there for a very long time.”
The presentation and generous bike donations were repeated at Hanover’s Lincoln Elementary School and MacArthur Elementary School, a Crown Point Community School, in Cedar Lake as part of National Fire Prevention week. Visit the Hanover Community School Corporation or Jane Ball Elementary School Facebook pages to view the video of the bike presentation.
Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake. Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni. They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.
Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools. She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State. Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Education Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball.
As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception. “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners. What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden. “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”
FALL TENNIS CAMP
Any 3rd through 8th grader interested in playing tennis can join Coach Trista Mantel and the Boys Tennis Team for a fun, week long camp, that will focus on teaching the basics of the game including, how to keep score, proper hitting form and other tennis rules. The camp will take place daily October 12th through 16th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hanover Central High School tennis courts. The cost is $30 and students will need to provide their own tennis racket. Checks should be made payable to Hanover Central Athletics. To sign up contact Athletic Director Kevin Bachinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Coach Mantel (email@example.com)