Rise & Shine: Why some Boys & Girls Club after-school programs are closing in Indianapolis

It can be easy to fall behind — in school, at work (gulp), with healthy lifestyle choices (double gulp… of a milkshake). Dylan has a story out of Crispus Attucks High School about simple interventions to keep students on track for their freshman year and, ultimately, for graduation. For those students, a lot of small nudges are adding up to significant results. Read on.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

ON TRACK: Indianapolis Public Schools will be rolling out this new approach to freshman year in all of its high schools next year, in the hopes of keeping more students on track to graduation. Read more in Chalkbeat.

BUYOUT: An update on how many teachers have signed up for the buyout offer from Indianapolis Public Schools, and why one longtime teacher laughed when she saw the offer. Read more from RTV6.

CLOSING: Locked out of a federal funding source, several Boys & Girls Club after-school programs are closing across Indianapolis. Read more in WISH.

LITERACY: A nonprofit called Indy Learning Team partners with local organizations and schools to provide year-round literacy programs with a goal to “build a reading culture.” Read more in IndyStar.

MENTORING: A mentoring program in South Bend hopes a spelling bee will help students build confidence. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.

SCIENCE: Educators from IUPUI are traveling to schools across the state with hands-on demonstrations to stir up interest in science. Read more in the Tribune Star.

PROMISE: First-grade students from every elementary school in Porter County visited Valparaiso University as part of a program for young children to build a path to higher education and save for college costs. Read more in the Post-Tribune.

FOOD INSECURITY: How the Patachou Foundation’s Kitchens with a Mission is trying to reduce hunger by serving meals to children at after-school and summer programs in Indianapolis. Read more in IndyStar.

ACCESS: A Carmel mother is advocating for more wheelchair-accessible playground equipment. Read more from WISH.

PERFECT: This Carmel student is one of three people in the world to score every possible point on the AP Calculus BC exam. Read more in the IndyStar.

ENROLLMENT DROP: Carmel school officials have started early discussions about closing, renovating, or redistricting elementary schools to deal with the area’s expected decrease in students. Read more in the IndyStar.