Pacers Host IPS Values for Life Event

by Jeff Tzucker

Bankers Life Fieldhouse filled with IPS students for the Values for Life event

Pacers Host IPS "Values 4 Life" Event

May 30, 2012

More than 8,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade Indianapolis Public Schools students were recognized Tuesday for displaying the district's core values of excellence, scholarship, respect and courage throughout the school year.

The students were recognized for their achievement in the Values 4 Life Program celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in an assembly that featured several members of the Indiana Pacers: Lou Amundson, Dahntay Jones and George Hill.

In addition, Manual High School student Dustin Sims, who created a logo for T-shirts for participants, was rewarded with a gift package from the Pacers and Best Buy, sponsors of the event.

The Values 4 Life honorees received -- and kept -- bracelets during the school year to publicly show that they demonstrated the program's values.

Through the four nine-week periods of the school year, teachers could take away the bracelets if the students fell short of the goals.

But the students also could re-earn them by getting back on track.

This was the fourth annual Values 4 Life recognition program, launched in the 2008-09 school year to encourage students to develop and maintain academic success and proper conduct.