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June 2021

Nominate A ‘Golden Hoosier’ Today

This past year, many older Hoosiers stepped up and helped others during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Golden Hoosier Award, we can honor them for their contributions to our communities.

The award, established in 2008, honors Hoosiers age 65 or older who volunteer their time, knowledge and compassion in service to their communities. The lieutenant governor and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration present the honor annually.

The Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor Indiana confers on its older residents.

From retired teachers to those helping ex-offenders, and from military veterans to volunteers with local festivals, our communities are fortunate to be home to older Hoosiers working tirelessly on behalf of others.

Now is our chance to recognize them with a Golden Hoosier Award. Eligibility requirements include being an Indiana resident and a volunteer in your community for at least the past three years.

Click here for the nomination form, and be sure to submit it before Saturday, June 19. Those selected will be honored later this year during a virtual ceremony. 

Accelerating Student Learning

As many students start enjoying their summer break, many local organizations are preparing to accelerate student learning over the next few months and beyond. Learning loss is an issue some young Hoosiers experience when they return to school in the fall. Since COVID-19 disrupted student learning over the last year, many are still working to try to catch up.  

In an effort to prevent these students from falling further behind, lawmakers this session approved House Enrolled Act 1008, which established the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program. Recently, the Indiana Department of Education awarded more than $122 million in grant dollars to community organizations and schools in 83 of Indiana’s 92 counties to help students get back on track.

As part of this program, grant recipients will focus on literacy, math, and college and career readiness this summer through tutoring, after-school programming and other enhanced learning opportunities.

Click here for more information about local organizations that received grants.

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