High school students quiz younger pupils about important local events


Greenfield-Central High School freshman Maddie Wise passes out candy at Weston Elementary during a visit with schoolchildren to celebrate Hancock County's birthday. The wrappers on the candy included fun facts about the county. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — If there were a cake to be had, it would need 186 candles on it for Hancock County’s birthday this weekend.

The county’s 186th birthday is Saturday, and students throughout the county have been celebrating the occasion this week.

For the past four years, the Hancock County Community Foundation has used the county’s birthday as an opportunity to teach children not only about the place where they live but supporting their home county through philanthropy.

The celebration is planned and executed by the foundation’s youth board, which is comprised of students and administrators from each of the county’s high schools.

This week, youth board members visited schoolchildren throughout the county to educate students on not only the county birthday but important moments in local history.

At such a young age, many in their audience know little about Hancock County. Many aren’t even sure if it’s a place or a person, said Greenfield-Central High School freshman Maddie Wise, who gave presentations this week.

But occasionally, a youngster surprises them. When Maddie quizzed a group of Maxwell Intermediate School students this week about the location of an explosion in 1906 that damaged the county’s original town hall, a boy immediately raised his hand with the correct answer: New Palestine.

“He told me he knew the answer,” Wise said. “I was pretty impressed.”

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