[r53] Rep. Cherry Joins Rally in Support to Keep ISSCH Open (3/30/2009)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Start Date: 3/30/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/30/2009
(STATEHOUSE) March 30, 2009 - Demonstrators rallied at the Statehouse today, hoping to convince legislators to keep the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home in Knightstown open.

"I continue to urge supporters to contact their senators because the bill to keep the home open is in the hands of the Senate," said Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield). "The House passed the bill last month, for what I think, is because representatives heard all the success stories and felt compelled to give the home a second chance. We simply cannot give up on those kids.

"Supporters have plenty of stories to tell and they need the opportunity to be told."

Henry Studer, the alumni association's chaplin, was one of the supporters that gave personal testimony as to why state legislators should keep the home open.

"The children's home makes it impossible for students to fail as adults after graduating. It provides schooling, structure and a whole new way of life with graduates coming out as law-abiding, taxpaying Hoosier citizens."

Last month, the House passed House Bill 1722 with an 88-17 vote to keep the home open. If the legislation is approved in the Senate, it would require the home to become self-sufficient by attracting at least 500 students over the next five years along with grants to pay for their room, board and education.

The bill was referred to Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee.

The campus has served Indiana youth for more than 144 years and currently houses 114 students.

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Rep. Cherry can be reached by e-mail at h53@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.