BCEF ‘Give Thanks’ fall campaign underway

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is sponsoring a “Give Thanks” fall campaign to honor Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) employees, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. As the holiday season approaches, BCEF wants to recognize those individuals who are having a positive impact in the lives of BCSC students.For a minimum donation of $10, any BCSC employee – past or present – can be thanked for a job well done. The donation deadline is Friday, November 10 in order to have a sign with the employee’s name placed outside the school before Thanksgiving.Donate online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org/get-involved/honor-a-teacher/. Paper donation forms, which are available at every BCSC school building, can be mailed in, dropped off at the BCSC administration building, or returned to school.“During our spring campaign, there were 94 staff members recognized, which is our most to-date,” Wilson noted. “We’re hoping to surpass 100 honorees this time. It’s a great way to thank a staff member and help students at the same time by donating to the foundation.”The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.More information about BCEF can be found at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or Wilson may be contacted at [email protected] or 812-934-2194.last_img read more

Former Laker Brook Lopez has found a comfortable niche for first-place Bucks

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years NBA contracts earn a lot but tend to be shorter: The largest contract in NBA history belongs to James Harden, who is earning $228 million on a six-year deal in Houston, where there is no state income tax.Still, what Trout wrangled was enough for Lakers coach Luke Walton to joke that his 4½-year-old son Lawson wouldn’t waste his time with basketball anymore.“I called home (to his wife) and said, ‘Babe, go buy a baseball bat,’ ” he said. “‘Throw all the basketballs away. We are now a baseball family. Time to start training.’ ” “We’re all heroes, we’re just each waiting for our moment,” he later smirked to reporters. “And mine came tonight.”That’s Lopez – dry wit and an innate sense of timing. And in his 28-point, nine-rebound performance against his former team, the Bucks’ starting center more than made up for the absence of his MVP candidate teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo.The Bucks can thank the Lakers for letting Lopez get away, giving them an opportunity to sign the 30-year-old floor-stretching center this summer for $3.3 million. He’s been a critical piece for the team with the best record in the NBA (53 wins entering Wednesday night’s game in Cleveland) and with 12.5 points, 2.3 blocks per game and a 36.6 shooting percentage from 3-point range, he’s been a perfect fit for the stretched-out Bucks offense and a stingy, rim-protecting defense.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said there are tangible and intangible bonuses to having Lopez around. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img MILWAUKEE — It wasn’t a sunk 3-pointer, though Brook Lopez had five. It wasn’t a blocked shot, though he had four of those.The 7-footer’s biggest moment Tuesday night against the Lakers came during the second quarter, as he grabbed a long-handled floor sweeper, and lined up the perfect cue strike to knock a ball free from its perch atop one of the stanchions. Lopez raised his arms to a roaring Fiserv Forum crowd and took a bow. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I think you look at the numbers – it’s off the charts,” he said. “You just feel how much his teammates kind of trust him and how much they know he’s there, literally and figuratively got their back.”Of the moves being second-guessed as the Lakers have lost 11 of their last 14 games and quickly sunk out of playoff contention, letting Lopez walk has been among the most scrutinized. The Lakers’ starter JaVale McGee has been somewhat mercurial, averaging 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds this year and just under 22 minutes. Behind him, the options have dried up since the Lakers traded Ivica Zubac, as Tyson Chandler has mostly been out with injury and Mike Muscala (2.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg) has made little impact.Lopez admitted it was a little sweeter to sweep the Lakers after he spent last season there – “just a little bit,” he said. But he also seems to have moved on, invested in his current franchise, which has realistic championship aspirations.Josh Hart, who played with Lopez last year, teased his former teammate about not being the first one down the court despite not being a strong rebounder. But he also said he was happy for Lopez, finding a spot where he can be an appreciated contributor.“He’s been a great fit for them,” Hart said. “And it’s good to see him having fun.”HART TO MEET WITH DOCTORS ABOUT KNEESince well before the All-Star break, second-year guard Hart has been complaining of knee pain that the Lakers have diagnosed as knee tendinitis. He missed the last two games before the break to get a platelet-rich plasma injection, which the team hoped would speed the healing process.Hart has complained about the knee since, and for the first time since the PRP, he said he didn’t think it did much.“It wasn’t much time for it to really work,” he said. “So I knew it would be a chance that it worked, a chance that it didn’t work. So just, not enough time off.”Hart has missed just four games this season, including sitting out the second game of a back-to-back in Detroit with the tendinitis. His offensive production has dipped since the season started, and he’s averaging just 5.2 points on 40 percent shooting since the All-Star break.Hart seemed to leave open the possibility that he could miss more games once he gets more information about his condition. While he said earlier this month that he wanted to “play every game,” reality could be setting in.“I have a meeting with my doctors this week and I’m going to figure stuff out,” he said. “I’m just taking it a day at a time.”LUKE WALTON REACTS TO TROUT CONTRACTIn any league, $426.5 million is a lot of money. In that sense, the Lakers took notice of the latest contract for Angels slugger Mike Trout, who is about to cash in with a 12-year extension.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more