School briefs


Parent University coming up

FORTVILLE – The annual Parent University is coming in October.

The free program, presented by the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation, is crafted for parents, caregivers and grandparents from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Mt. Vernon administration building, 1806 W. Ind. 234, Fortville.

Participants can take courses on technology trends, mental wellness, proactive ways to back parents and students in an educational environment, English tools and assistance for non-native English speakers and more. Visit for updates.

Lawmakers seek college interns

INDIANAPOLIS – Local lawmakers are seeking interns to join them at the Statehouse during the 2024 legislative session.

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative, page and policy offices during the 2024 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield.

Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students, are also encouraged to apply. Positions are open to Indiana residents, as well as nonresidents who attend a college or university in Indiana.

Indiana House Republicans are also offering similar spring paid internships, which includes free parking, career and professional development assistance, enrollment access to an Indiana government class, and opportunities to earn academic credits through the student’s college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

For more information and to apply, visit or Applications are due Oct. 31.

College savings program giving scholarships

GREENFIELD – The Hancock County Promise program will give away eight $250 scholarships to eight different Hancock County students.

Hancock County Promise gives free money to students in grades K-6; money is deposited into CollegeChoice 529 accounts; parents of kindergarteners who sign up for the program automatically get a $25 donation if they open a 529 account, and this year is a catch-up opportunity for children in grades K-6 to sign up. In addition, those who sign up may be eligible for the $250 scholarship.

Families that already have a 529 account for their children are also eligible. Learn more at, call Dr. Scott Shipley at 317-485-3100 or email [email protected]. Sign-up incentives and scholarships are sponsored by Greenfield Banking Co., Hancock Health and NineStar Connect.

MV superintendent available at local events

FORTVILLE – Anyone in the Mt. Vernon community is invited to join Superintendent Dr. Jack Parker at an upcoming Traveling Talks event.

The events allow for anyone to ask questions or hear updates from the superintendent. Parker will be at Sunrise Bakery in Fortville at 7 a.m. Oct. 19, 101 W. Broadway St., Fortville with complimentary donuts. He will also be at Starbucks at I-70 and Mt. Comfort Road at 7 a.m. Nov. 8 with complimentary coffee. Events are free and there is no need to pre-register.