• Giles Bruce giles.bruce@nwi.com, (219) 853-2584

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Andrea Daniels held her baby son as he drew his last breaths. She rocked him and sang, God has smiled on me ... He has set me free ... God has smiled on me ... He's been good to me.

The fate of Carrie Gosch Elementary School in East Chicago is tied to the neighborhood and land the various school buildings have been part of. Here is a partial history of the school in all its embodiments over the years.

  • Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337

EAST CHICAGO — East Chicago school Superintendent Paige McNulty believes she’s making headway in her conversations with legislators across the state regarding the issues surrounding the Carrie Gosch Elementary School building.

  • Sarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351

EAST CHICAGO — The EPA said last week it plans to test four basements in East Calumet to determine if flooding or water seepage has carried any lead or arsenic inside homes within the USS Lead Superfund site.

  • Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, (219)-933-3206

EAST CHICAGO — A coalition of pro bono lawyers on Saturday told Calumet residents living on toxic soil they will advocate on their behalf with local, state and federal officials now in high gear to confront a century’s worth of pollution that still lingers in the city.

  • Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, (219)-933-3206

    Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, 219-933-3206

EAST CHICAGO — Residents living within the city’s lead- and arsenic-contaminated Calumet neighborhood can learn more about available resources during a public meeting Saturday.

  • Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337

EAST CHICAGO — Indiana’s education leader Glenda Ritz said East Chicago school officials have done a remarkable job in a short time period transforming the West Side Middle School building into the new Carrie Gosch Elementary School.

  • Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, 219-933-3206

EAST CHICAGO — Residents packed inside the Riley Park Recreational Center on Saturday, eager to ask how the EPA plans to remove lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil in the Calumet neighborhood.

  • Sarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351

EAST CHICAGO — Residents in areas of the Calumet neighborhood where EPA will soon begin removing lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil will have an opportunity to talk to EPA officials about cleanup plans and network with each other Saturday during an open house.

  • Sarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351

EAST CHICAGO — The EPA said Friday it will begin removing soil at a minimum of 20 properties in an area of the Calumet neighborhood where funding for a Superfund cleanup of lead and arsenic contamination had not previously been identified.

  • Sarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351

Nearly 20 years after an EPA project manager told state and federal health officials about a long-demolished lead smelter that once operated on the site of a public housing complex and elementary school in East Chicago, residents are just learning the full extent and magnitude of the contamination in the land some of them have lived on for generations.

  • Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, 219-933-3206

GARY — Spectators watched wide-eyed from the Lake Michigan beachfront Saturday as members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team leaped earthward from a C-31 military airplane.

  • W. Dennis Hodges, vice president of business relations for the Indiana High Speed Rail Association

I love Gary, Indiana. I really do. Its history is unmatched in Northern Indiana and its promise remains the same.

Did you miss our latest Making the Grade stories? This slideshow features all the stories that have run in the series for the 2015-2016 school year in Northwest Indiana.

  • Anthony Sindone, Director, Center for Economic Development and Research Purdue University North Central

As I watched my friend and colleague Rene Ray teach high schoolers at the A.K. Smith Area Career Center in Michigan City how to craft a cover letter, resume and dress for a job interview, I could not help but think of the power of our connections.

  • Lyric Woods, ninth grader at Lighthouse College Prep Academy

Editor's note: Civility in the Classroom, a pilot class written by The Times and educators in the community was held this semester at Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary. The class wrapped up last week. The following is an essay submitted by one of the students. Find out more at nwi.com/civilitycounts.