Bleed Nora

Bleed Nora

Posted on October 21, 2016


I have told my principal many times, that I truly believe I bleed Nora. I get to wake up everyday and go to my dream job. Many of you might question the authenticity behind that statement, but here is why I know it is true. 

I grew up in Carmel, fifteen minutes away from a school that would change my life forever. Through Butler University I completed my student teaching at Nora Elementary in an English as a New Language class, meaning all 21 of my students were just learning to speak English. I, on the other hand, was really wishing I had paid more attention in Spanish class. 

Not only did I fall in love with my students, God started to open my eyes to see the true mission field that He was bringing me to, and I didn’t even need a passport. 

I had students sharing toothbrushes with their cousins because one toothbrush is all the family could afford. Students were coming in with the same outfits on everyday even if that meant wearing flip-flops in the snow. A “Nutrition Club” that sent food home each weekend because school meal were the only assured meals they knew. Needless to say, I was heartbroken that I grew up my entire life fifteen minutes away, and had absolutely no idea of the need that was basically in my backyard. God had me. I was overwhelmed that He loved me that much to combine my two passions of serving others and teaching into one dream job! 

After a year, a position at Nora opened up and I made my permanent home as a first grade teacher and as a Nora Panther Cub. 

I have found that very few things bring me more joy than seeing my kids experience things for the first time, such as going to the apple orchard, attending a Pacers game, seeing a movie, or even going to the public library! There is nothing better than sharing these experiences. 

When Ephraim and I started attending Grace and they announced there was going to be a Nora campus… I could hardly believe it and I know without a doubt God had amazing things in store for this partnership. 

As many of you know, Grace is trying to provide one of these experiences and has invited the entire school to “ be their guests” and attend Beauty and the Beast. Nora has accepted that invitation and is allowed to send first and second grade! With your help we will have over 200 Nora friends having an amazing first, and maybe only, once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming alongside me and “bleeding Nora” as well. 

UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of our Grace attenders, we were able to raise over $15,000 to send both Nora Elementary and Greenbriar Elementary to Beauty & the Beast at Grace! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


I volunteered that day. The students were so very well behaved. Bless all you teachers for your faithfulness to your calling.

Posted by MaryKaye Wells on November 5, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

Well said! When we started our company back in the early 1980's, we located it at the Winterton Office Park on 86th in Nora. Great memories there and lovely people interacted in a true spirit of community. We later moved our headquarters to Keystone at the Crossing but still, to this day, have a soft spot for the people of Nora.

Posted by Scott Toussaint on October 21, 2016 @ 1:16 pm