Local high school marching bands are preparing for summer competition season, which begins in mid-July, leading up the state contest at the Indiana State Fair.
Contests in which local bands will be performing, according to the Central Indiana Track Show Association, are:
July 16, Centerville Archway Classic, 7 p.m. at Centerville High School. Blackford, Yorktown, Winchester, Jay and Muncie Central are among the bands scheduled to compete.
July 22, Jay County Lions Club Band Contest, 7 p.m. at the Jay County Fairgrounds. Randolph Southern, Yorktown, Blackford, Henry County, Muncie Central, Winchester and Jay are among the bands scheduled to compete.
July 23, Muncie Central Spirit of Sound, 7 p.m. at Muncie Central High School. Monroe Central, Jay, Cowan, Muncie Central, Blackford and Yorktown are among the bands scheduled to compete.
July 29, Anderson Tartan Tournament of Bands, 6:30 p.m. at Highland Middle School. Monroe Central, Muncie Central, Henry County and Yorktown are among the bands scheduled to compete.
July 30, Drums at Winchester, 7 p.m. at Winchester High School. Jay, Monroe Central, Blackford, Yorktown, Randolph Southern, Winchester and Henry County are among the bands scheduled to compete.
Aug. 5, Indiana State Fair Band Day, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. Finals begin at 8 p.m. Tickets/information: indianastatefair.com.
Families can apply for On My Way Pre-K grants
Families with pre-kindergarten-age children can apply for Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program for the 2022-23 school year, according to a release from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.
The grant-based program provides access to free, high-quality, pre-kindergarten education for 4-year-olds from low-income families in Indiana.
For the 2022-23 school year, a child is eligible for an On My Way Pre-K voucher if they will be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2022, and plan to start kindergarten in the 2023-24 school year.
An eligible child must live in a household with income below 127% of the federal poverty level.
Eligible children must have parents or guardians who are working, going to school, attending job training or searching for employment.
There also will be limited enrollment for children who live in households with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level. These children also must have parents or guardians who are working, going to school, attending job training, searching for employment or who receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Once the family has met eligibility requirements and has been awarded a grant for their child, they may choose from any of the approved On My Way Pre-K programs. Families can search for approved providers at ChildCareFinder.IN.gov.
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