Community briefs


GCSC considering changing fall break in two years

GREENFIELD – Greenfield-Central Schools is collecting feedback for the 2024-25 school calendar, and one proposal would change how fall break works.

The proposed calendars are posted on the corporation’s Facebook page. One option would have traditional two-week breaks in October and March for fall and spring breaks.

Option two would have only one week of a break in October, but an entire week of a break in November around Thanksgiving. Spring break would still be two weeks in option two.

Both proposals would maintain a two-week winter break. Both calendars propose a July 31 start date; the calendar with the one-week fall break would end school prior to Memorial Day 2025, while the traditional two-week seasonal break calendar would end school a few days after Memorial Day.

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Shoe recycling competition next week

HANCOCK COUNTY – Local schools will participate in a shoe recycling competition next week.

The No Cold Feet Shoe Recycling Challenge is sponsored by Recycle Hancock County and benefits Changing Footprints. The challenge is Jan. 23-27.

The school bringing in the most pairs of shoes per enrollment wins a trophy. The class from each participating school that brings in the most pairs of shoes wins a prize for each student.

Any type, style, size and condition of shoes are accepted, and should have a rubber band or tie to keep the pairs together. All shoes will be taken to Changing Footprints to be distributed as needed; unusable shoes will be ground up into playground mulch.

Suicide prevention program coming up

GREENFIELD – Healthy365 is offering free suicide prevention training for anyone 18 years and older.

QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. A training session is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Healthy365 Connection Center meeting room, 120 W. McKenzie Road, Suite G, Greenfield. Learn more and register at

Money management workshops coming up

GREENFIELD – “Where Does Your Money Go?” will be the topic of a four-part workshop coming up in March.

Purdue Extension Hancock County will host the workshops March 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 6-7 p.m. each evening. The office is located at 972 E. Park Ave., Greenfield.

The program is free, but registration is required. Register online at For more, call 317-462-1113 or email [email protected].

Reading dogs coming to county libraries

GREENFIELD – Bentley’s Buddies and Friends will be at both locations of the Hancock County Public Library Jan. 22.

The organization that helps students improve literacy through certified reading dogs in a relaxing environment will be in the children’s rooms of the Greenfield and New Palestine libraries at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22. There is no need to sign up. The Greenfield library is located at 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield; the Sugar Creek branch is at 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine.

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