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Irvington Community School News & Events

The First Annual Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive was a great success! Twenty-nine units of blood were donated during the November 11th drive, with 43 people attempting to donate. According to the Indiana Blood Center site manager, each unit collected represents three lives saved. He also mentioned that the IBC loves coming to IPA because the students are so polite, friendly, and cooperative -- outstanding examples of how to live The Irvington Way!

On behalf of the Aldrich family, we are deeply appreciative of all our donors and attempted donors. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive, which will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, in the IPA Gym.

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Like father, like son: Bill Carter (right) and his son, IPA Junior Jacob Carter, give blood during the Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive.

The 66th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair started out in less than optimum weather conditions: cloudy, windy, and cold. But eventually the weather forecasters were correct and the skies opened up and the temperature climbed a bit -- at least, rumor has it!

As usual, there were hundreds of people and pets in costume and many vendors lining East Washington Street in beautiful downtown Irvington. Our very special thanks goes to the Irvington Community Schools PTSA, ICS staff members, and the following students: Maleha Johnson (IPA), Kaitlyn Evans (IPA), Jalen Davis (IPA), and Aurora Davis (ICMS). We appreciate the generosity of their time to promote our educational mission. Below are some images of the festival as taken from the ICS booth.

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Our first customer purchasing the new ICS 4"x4" decals proudly displays them during the early hours of the Halloween Festival.


Irvington resident and ICMS parent Kevin Ferguson shows a distinctly feminine side in front of the ICS booth immediately following the Irvington Halloween Festival Pleasant Run-Run. His streamlined running outfit -- and the chilly morning air -- no doubt led to a personal best record time for him!


Mr. Clark and his youngest son, Dylan, stop by for a visit to the ICS booth during the Halloween Festival Street Fair.


ICS CEO David Nidiffer poses with ICMS mom Emily Steele and son Caleb, a 6th grader at ICMS. The Steeles won the first annual ICS T-Shirt Design Contest.


Ms. Pryor's sons Isaac and Harrison, both ICES students, were a big help staffing the ICS booth at the Halloween Festival. Ms. Pryor is the Director of Operations at Irvington Preparatory Academy.


After a visit to the local optometrist, a young festival-goer checks out the freebies at the ICS booth.


Costumed kids were abundant at the Halloween Festival.


"Jack Skellington" from Tim Burton's film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" makes a cameo appearance on East Washington Street last Saturday.


Like many of their peers, ICMS students in Halloween attire made it a point to visit the ICS booth.


ICES 2nd grade teacher Mr. Yeoman takes a break upon his completion of the Irvington Halloween Festival Pleasant Run-Run.



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Young Madison Yeoman, daughter of Irvington Community Elementary School teachers Gareth and Evan Yeoman (and granddaughter of ICS Open player Doug Dwyer), tries to decide which ball to use somewhere near the first tee during the ICS Open.

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The only "fivesome" among the foursomes playing in the ICS Open approaches the green on the 18th hole at Pleasant Run Golf Course.


ICS Open Planning Committee members Susan Britain (left) and Jana Goebel eagerly anticipate the next winner picked during the lunchtime raffle following a great morning of golfing by the 94 participants playing to support ICS's need for school safety equipment.

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A man unafraid of a microphone, ICS, Inc. CEO David Nidiffer conducts the raffle following an invigorating morning of golf. Many golfers enjoyed a variety of prizes courtesy of the local businesses that generously supported the first annual ICS Open on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Despite some fear that the weather would be wet for the first annual ICS Open, Mother Nature played nice, with temperatures in the low 60s and cloudy-but-friendly skies, as 94 golfers hit the links to benefit the ICS safety program. Although not all the golf balls were hit straight and true -- hey, you'll have that! -- what really mattered was the coming together of community members and ICS staff for a great cause -- improving school safety resources. To that end, more than $7,000 was raised as a result of this first-time event.

ICS is indebted to the yeoman's work put on by the Golf Outing Planning Committee: Susan Britain, Shelley Welty, Tony Ferrell, Jonathan Stowring, Amy Spurrier, Jana Goebel, and David Nidiffer. The committee members did a tremendous amount of footwork and spent countless hours into making this event an incredible success. We couldn't have done it without them! And our appreciation goes to all the volunteers who staffed the event and made it such a great success.

ICS would like to also thank the many local sponsors who supported the open:

Audrey's Place Furniture
Audrey's Place Thrift Store
Blossom Chevrolet
Salin Bank
Preferred Advertising, Inc.
Site Strategics
Edge of the Web Radio Show
BookKeeping Plus, Inc.
First Person
Geoffrey Slaughter (ICS Board Secretary)
Sheri Ranis (ICS Board member)
Mike Welch (ICS Board member)
David, Dene, and Delaney Nidiffer
Verizon Wireless
Bailey & Wright Dentistry
Research & Evaluation Resources, LLC
Dezelan Insurance Agency
Madison Yeoman (Dwyer/Yeoman Family)
Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society
Community Association Services of Indiana
Dufour's in Irvington
Tenth Street Dental Care & Denture Center
Wine & Canvas
Ralph's Great Divide
Sun King Brewery
George Thomas Florist
Police & Fire Insurance Agent Steve Kemp
American StructurePoint, Inc.
Eastgate Chrysler
Ajamie Brothers Realty
Golf Galaxy
The Stowring Family
The Lannan Family
C&M Cabinet Co.
Ashley Furniture
Inglis & Wallack Family
PNC Bank
Black Acre Brewing Company
Indianapolis Indians
Lazy Daze Coffee House
Black Sheep Gifts

And special thanks to our friends at Pleasant Run Golf Course for the smoothly managed golf outing and their influence on the weather. We hope to see everyone again next year on Saturday, May 31, 2014, for the second annual ICS Open!

To honor the memory of one of our former students and celebrate his life, the fifth annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, April 11th, 2013, in the IPA Gym. The drive will run from 2-7 p.m. As with previous blood drives, for your convenience you can register to donate online at Also, keep in mind that an iron-rich diet will help avoid deferrals. Iron deficiency is the most common reason for being denied as a potential donor – and easily avoided.

Parent consent forms will be sent home with all interested IPA 16- and 17-year-olds the week before the drive. Please note: 16- and 17-year-old students must show a driver’s license or Indiana identification card with picture ID at the blood drive; student IDs will not be accepted. Mrs. Harmeyer and Ms. Brinsley are happy to assist IPA students with donor registration. Ashley Lesage of the Indiana Blood Center will be on hand on Thursday, April 4th, during advisory period to tell students about the drive and to set donor appointments.

Worth noting, the Indiana Blood Center supplies blood and blood products to more than 60 hospitals throughout Indiana, including Riley Hospital for Children. If you have any questions about the blood drive, please contact Mr. Mulherin at 357-3770 x102 or Thank you for giving the gift of life to those in need.

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