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Monrovia teacher honored for ‘outdoor classroom’

Monrovia teacher honored for ‘outdoor classroom’

Monrovia teacher honored for ‘outdoor classroom’

MONROVIA, Ind. (WISH) — WISH-TV’s Golden Apple team went to Morgan County this month to honor October’s winner, and they didn’t have to look far beyond the side lawn of Monrovia Elementary School. 

First-grade teacher Mrs. Casey Honkomp is often seen outside the school, instead of in a classroom. She team teaches with Ms. Shannon Turpin and the two are dedicated to spending more time outside than inside. A quick glance around the “classroom,” and you can see the kids love it. 

Parent Abigail Clark nominated Mrs. Honkomp, saying her son is in her class and loves going to school every day. 

Brenna Donnelly surprising Casey Honkomp with her award. (WISH Photo)

“You go from excuses of I don’t want to go to school to excuses to go to school,” said Clark. 

She explained Mrs. Honkomp runs a classroom garden where the students spend part of their recess time learning about plants, bugs and harvest.

They also take the tomatoes, zucchinis and other veggies and make foods like salsa and zucchini brownies. 

Mrs. Honkomp also rescued 18 monarch caterpillars, according to Ms. Turpin, and raised them into butterflies with the students. The class now enjoys spending time in a butterfly garden. 

Nomination video for Mrs. Casey Honkomp (WISH)

Another favorite of Mrs. Honkomp’s teaching tool are her two dogs, who she brings into class on Mondays for special doggy reading time. The kids read books to the dogs and said they aren’t worried about making mistakes in front of a friendly pet. 

Golden Apple sponsor Bailey and Wood, a mortgage lender in central Indiana, presented Mrs. Honkomp with a golden apple trophy, a $500 check and their heartfelt thanks for her work with our state’s young students. 

Mrs. Honkomp was quick to say she’ll spend the money on the garden for future classes. 

WISH-TV’s Golden Apple team is already looking for our November winner! You can nominate a central Indiana teacher at this link and be sure to tell us why your favorite teacher should win the Golden Apple Award. 

Monrovia teacher honored for ‘outdoor classroom’

Monrovia teacher honored for 'outdoor classroom'


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.