FEATURE STORY

Muncie's Older Sister

Muncie, Indiana has a sister city in Zhuji, China. Relationships between sisters form a special kind of bond. For many, sisters are not only family, but a best friend.  




COMMUNITIES

The New Face of Downtown

The buildings alongside Walnut Street were wrapped in corrugated aluminum, hiding the historic brick facades. Some had been renovated to the styles of the ‘80s. It was a mishmash of architecture. The street was paved over as a plaza for pedestrians to walk from store to store — except they didn’t.



Mike Stetzel, back middle, poses with his family at his cousin's wedding Oct. 9, 2018. This photo was taken after Stetzel had already had his new kidney for almost 3 years. Mike Stetzel, Photo Provided.
COMMUNITIES

On the waiting list

A ten-minute phone call saved Mike Stetzel’s life. On the other end, Stetzel’s donor coordinator told him he’d receive the kidney he’d been waiting on for four years to cure his polycystic kidney disease. 


Sean White, student assistant coordinator, poses with his wife, Heidi, and his husky, Nanuk, May 14, 2019, at the "Bark in the Park" event for the Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game. White said he calls Nanuk "Nana," and she is enjoying the extra attention she is getting because he is home due to COVID-19 concerns. Sean White, Photo Provided
MCS PROJECT

Looking past the label

Every morning, Sean White sips his third cup of coffee while greeting students with encouragement as they file into the halls of South View Elementary in Muncie.


MCS-PROJECT

Peers become Pals

Most special education teachers spend their days helping students learn core subjects; however, recent studies have shown that students with disabilities often have lower confidence and self-esteem because it can be hard for them to “view their disability as one component of their lives, not the only component.”







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