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The field trip to Evergreen Cemetery included a tour of the whole cemetery, information about the history of the cemetery, and who gave the land so that it could be created. General Palmer was responsible for giving the land for the cemetery and Prospect Lake, solely created as a reservoir to water the grass and trees planted at the cemetery.

A state senator from Gary who drafted legislation establishing charter schools now thinks Gary has reached its limit.

“We’re almost at the point that we’re not allowing our traditional schools to have the dollars they need to operate,” said state Sen. Earline Rogers, a Gary Democrat and retired Gary schoolteacher who co-authored the state’s charter school bill in 2001. By August, there will be eight charter schools in Gary, compared to 16 Gary Community School Corp. schools. Two more charters are being proposed for 2013 and two others have sent letters of intent to the state.

Rhonda Murphy is looking for a new high school for her son who likes to sleep late and works better in the afternoon.

She thinks she may have found the answer in the Gary Middle College, a charter that will open its doors Aug. 13 for grades 9 through 12 at the site of the 21st Century Charter School, 556 Washington St.

The school day is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with flexible scheduling on Friday and Saturday.

CHICAGO CRUSADER: New Gary Charter School

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The school board of the new Gary Middle College (GMC), located at 724 WASHINGTON STREET in Gary is pleased to welcome community members, clergy, nonprofit colleagues, school counselors, members of the media and interested neighbors to an information session on April 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join the group for refreshments, tours of the facility and a brief informational presentation on this innovative new school for the Gary community.

The principal of a new Gary charter school talked Thursday about what the school will offer to its students.

Gary Middle College, a public charter school, is designed for the nontraditional student who wants to earn a high school diploma. The new school is housed with sister school 21st Century Charter School, 556 Washington St., in Gary. Both are operated by Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation.

Gary Middle College will open Aug. 13 with 100 students, and operate between 5 and 9 p.m. after the school day ends at 21st Century Charter School. Flexible hours also will be offered Fridays and Saturdays. Child care will be available to students.

Pikes Peak Prep was recognized by the Colorado State Board of Education as a School Recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award winner. The award was given in recognition of the school’s “demonstration of outstanding student growth on Colorado’s 2010-2011 School Performance Framework.”

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