Bauer In The News
Bauer in the News
Phenomena Rocks Out for Charity

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Bauer Community Center is getting some help thanks to some electric guitars and drum sets.

Purdue students are putting on their annual Phenomena show Friday evening. It’s a free concert at the Elliott Hall of Music.

Each year, the benefit chooses a different local cause to help. This year, Bauer is the recipient.

Organizers say more than just money, they are looking for all kinds of donations.

“It’s a free show but we are asking for donations of personal care items as well as used books and used toys,” said Peters. “We will be having collection bins at the doors and people can drop those off for Bauer, specifically for them.”

Phenomena is this Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Elliott Hall of Music.

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Deserving Teens Celebrate with Awards

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Six area students were recognized and given thousands of dollars in awards for their hard work throughout the community Tuesday night.

It was the annual Celebrate Youth! Banquet organized by Bauer Family Resources. Teens were honored for overcoming obstacles in their lives or contributing in areas like sportsmanship, creative self-expression or commitment to learning.

Harrison High School senior Liam Trumble won the Charles Mikels’ Citizenship Through Service award for his work with student council.

“Just everything we do contributes to the community. Being proactive as young as you can is really important, just going out and doing your best and striving to improve the community. So, it’s the best it can be in the future,” said Trumble.

Family, friends, sponsors and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski were there to help recognize the students.

News 18’s Jeff Smith emceed the event.

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Bauer, TSC to Expand Head Start Program

TIPPECANOE CO,. Ind. (WLFI) – Bauer Community Center and Tippecanoe School Corporation are planning to expand their Head Start Program from two schools to four this year.

Head Start currently offers free preschool to Dayton and Mayflower elementary schools. With the expansion, TSC will offer Head Start preschool at Battle Ground and Woodland elementary schools.

Educators said offering more preschool will help to better educate area youth.

“We’re real excited to expand the partnership to two more schools in TSC,” said Dayton Principal Courtney Wildoner. “Anytime we can offer preschool to more families everyone benefits.”

Wildoner says the program also offers children a chance to learn about area elementary schools.

“They are already in our building and they know what a Dayton Bulldog is, and we can say ‘hi’ to them so they are already like a part of our family before they even set foot into kindergarten,” said Wildoner.

Those interested in enrolling their children in the Head Start Program must contact the Bauer Community Center for an interview. Bauer Family Resources is located at 330 Fountain St., in Lafayette, or you can reach the community center by calling 765-742-5046.

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Youth Summer Camp Teaches STEM Education
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Bauer Family Resources’ nine week Summer Camp is bringing a new kind of learning to children in fourth through eighth grades.

The summer camp teaches local youth about STEM, creative self-expression literacy and more. It is designed to help students retain what they’ve learned over the summer in a fun interactive environment. The camp will include weekly field trips and hands-on activities.

The program starts on June 8 and ends Aug. 6. The camp can take up to 50 children. Enrollment is open and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

A $10 deposit is required to register and a minimal activity fee of $25 will be due at the end of the summer. Families who need assistance can apply for a scholarship.

The program will be available in two one-half day blocks from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m..

Children will receive a lunch and snack daily.

Bauer Family Resources will continue to host Family Dinner for all youth and their families on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Teen programming will be offered on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for high schoolers, from freshman to senior.

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Celebrate Youth! Still Accepting Nominations

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Bauer Family Resources is bringing its mission statement, "Creating brighter tomorrows by strengthening children and families today," to life with the Celebrate Youth! banquet.

The organization is recognizing students who overcome obstacles in their personal lives to achieve success. Students must also be currently enrolled in high school and reside in Tippecanoe County to qualify. Winners will receive $1,000, and one student will receive the Youth of the Year award worth $2,000.

In addition to shining the spotlight on local students, the Celebrate Youth! banquet also serves as a fundraiser for Bauer Family Resources.

If you'd like to nominate someone, you can either pick up an application in person at the Bauer Community Center at 330 Fountain Street, or you can fill one out online.

Applications are due Friday, Feb 28. The Celebrate Youth! banquet will be held Tuesday, April 8.

by News 18 This Morning, WLIF

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Celebrate Youth! Campaign Kicks Off
Celebrate Youth | Bauer Family ResourcesLAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Several deserving students will be getting big bucks in April as Bauer Family Resources kicks off its annual Celebrate Youth! campaign.

Five $1,000 prizes will be given to area kids who have overcome obstacles at a banquet in April. A $2,000 prize will be presented to the "Youth of the Year."

Last year's top prize went to Joe Yeaman, who gave a portion of the winnings to his siblings and put the rest toward education expenses at Purdue. He advises this year's applicants to not be shy and show their true self in their essay entries.

"Don't let the little things set you back," said Yeaman. "Don't let the troubles that you go through stop you from what you want to do in life."

Yeaman added that he is very grateful for the program, noting that those funds go a long way for students like him.

If you'd like to nominate someone, you can either pick up an application in person at the Bauer Community Center at 330 Fountain Street, or you can fill one out online.

by Nick Chute, WLFI

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Subaru Gift will Benefit Kids, Park-Goers
South Tipp Park | Bauer Family ResourcesBig boy toys — a front-end loader and a large truck— have taken over the ground normally reserved for children at South Tipp Park at Third and Fountain streets in Lafayette.

Crews from the parks and recreation department are ripping out the old playground equipment to make way for a complete renovation, said Claudine Laufman, parks superintendent.

"It will have two unique play structures that are not in any other park," Laufman said. Other additions will include a basketball half court, water mister, shelter, green space and planting beds.

The $260,000 project, which has been in the works since 2012, is getting off the ground thanks to a donation from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., said Laufman.

The auto manufacturer also committed proceeds from its SIA Wild Wild West Charity Games held in October, and continues to raise money at its website,

A rendering of the new playground to be built next door to Bauer Family Resources shows Evos and Weevos Playsystems, which are designed to stimulate kids' imaginations and sense of adventure, according to the manufacturer's website. The structures are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

Parks staff who are certified playground equipment installers will handle the installation to make sure the layout matches the city's vision for the ¾-acre park.

The project will soon be put out for bid, and construction will begin after a groundbreaking ceremony that is tentatively scheduled for mid-April.

In honor of the primary donor, the park will be named Subaru South Tipp Park when it opens in early fall.

It may be a long summer for the youngsters who typically play in the near-downtown park, but it will be worth the wait, said Laufman.

"It is one of our most heavily used parks, and it will add not only to the Bauer Center, but to the community there as well."

by Chris Morisse Vizza, Journal & Courier

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Celebrate Youth! Banquet Awards Six Cash Prizes

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Six deserving students from the area got a public pat on the back for a job well done as well as a cash prize for their hard work Tuesday night.

It was the third annual Celebrate Youth! banquet organized by Bauer Family Resources in Lafayette.

Five teens who have overcome obstacles in their lives and demonstrated a contribution to an area like sportsmanship, citizenship or commitment to learning were each awarded $1,000.

Daniela Aspiazu was named Youth of the Year and given a check for $2,000.

"These are people who may not traditionally be recognized by other means. But their stories are really, really inspirational. We need to share those and get the word out and give honor where honor is due," said Celebrate Youth! Planning Committee member Jennifer Russell.

There was stiff competition this year with more than 50 applications submitted, more than twice as large as last year's total.

The six youths awarded were:

Sarah-lyn Jones: Charles Mikels' Citizenship Through Service
Alan Min: Commitment to Learning
Suzette Guijosa-Chavez: Bouncing Back
Jordan Lambert: Creative Self-Expression
Josiah Heath: Sportsmanship
Daniela Aspiazu: Youth of the Year

by Dan Klein, WLFI

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