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Hamza Housseyni displays a rainforest-themed robot he created at Camp Invention at Mt. Comfort Elementary School in 2023. The school will offer Camp Invention again this year, from June 3-7.

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Camp Invention returning this summer

HANCOCK COUNTY – Camp Invention is returning to local schools in Hancock County, offering elementary students a summer experience with science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Camp Invention, a national program, is for students entering grades 1-6. Cost is $270 but a discount is available at registration and for siblings.

Mt. Comfort Elementary School in the Mt. Vernon district offers the program June 3-7, while J. B. Stephens Elementary School in Greenfield offers it July 22-26. Learn more at invent.org/camp or email [email protected].

The program will be offered at New Palestine Intermediate School, 5613 W. CR 200S, New Palestine. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 3-7. For more about summer enrichment at New Palestine Community Schools, visit www.newpal.k12.in.us/departments/curriculum.

The Daily Reporter is seeking more summer enrichment programs to feature. To share a community program for children, email [email protected].

April programs lined up for families at libraries

HANCOCK COUNTY – Several programs are coming up for children and teens at libraries across Hancock County.

The Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield will host a Lego free build event April 11; Read to Cleo the opossum April 14; a Mo Willems party April 22; and National Superhero Day April 29. Programs for teens in Greenfield include National Gummy Bear Day April 5 and a candle-making event April 15. The library is at 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield; learn more and register at hcplibrary.org.

The New Palestine branch of the HCPL is offering a grass heads event April 30; a music/craft workshop April 18; a pajama event April 10; and a shark event April 4. For teens, the branch hosts a chess club most Mondays; a kite-building workshop April 11 and a homeschool writing club April 12. The Sugar Creek branch is at 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine; visit hcplibrary.org.

The Vernon Township Public Library is hosting several Lego clubs and a homeschool STEAM club April 26. The library is at 625 E. Broadway St., Fortville; visit vtpl.lib.in.us for more.

All three libraries are hosting story times for young children, as well as Bentley’s Buddies and Friends for reluctant readers to improve literacy skills by reading to dogs.

Local libraries are closed April 8 due to the solar eclipse.

Bowling fundraiser for GCSF coming up

GREENFIELD – Greenfield-Central students will benefit from an upcoming bowling fundraiser at Strike Force Lanes.

Bowl for Greenfield-Central Students is from 1:30-4:30 pm. April 14 at 1539 W. Main St., Greenfield.

Hosted by the Greenfield Central School Foundation, the money raised at the event will support special projects and grants to local classrooms.

Cost is $13 per person and includes three games of bowling and shoes. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth and silent auction. The classroom with the greatest attendance receives a pizza party and the teacher receives a $50 Amazon gift card. Bring a Kroger Rewards card to enter for other prizes.

To learn more about the foundation, visit gcschoolfoundation.com or call 317-477-4103.

Earth Day event coming to Fortville

FORTVILLE – Celebrate Earth Day at a family event at the Vernon Township Public Library.

Drop by the library between 1-2 p.m. April 20 to pick up wildflower seed mix, create an Earth Day suncatcher, customize a garden marker and learn about ways to protect the planet. The library is located at 625 E. Broadway St., Fortville. For more information, visit vtpl.lib.in.us.