School briefs


Tie Dye Day opened up festivities earlier this month for summer reading club at Vernon Township Public Library. More programs continue in June and July.

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Libraries host family programs

HANCOCK COUNTY – Free programs for children and teens continue at libraries across Hancock County this summer.

Bright Star Theatre presents “Storybook Tales” June 24. The company will perform at 1 0 a.m. at the Greenfield library, 900 W. McKenzie Road; and at 2 p.m. at the Sugar Creek branch, 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine. Bentley’s Buddies and Friends will be at both libraries June 23. Tweens ages 9-12 can create a Bigfoot terrarium June 20 in New Palestine, or create friendship bracelets July 22. In Greenfield, a giant Twister game will be available July 15 for families, as well as family yoga July 17. For a complete list of programs or to register, visit

The Vernon Township Public Library is offering a wilderness survival course for ages 12 and older June 20. Bring pillows and blankets to the library June 25 and create a fort for your family to read books—pizza and drinks are provided. Teens can create a galaxy jar craft June 28. Visit to learn more or sign up.

Programs are part of library summer reading clubs, in which prizes are given for those who keep track of how much they read. Visit the websites to learn more and sign up.

Breakfast, lunch available for kids this summer

GREENFIELD – Breakfast and lunch are available for free for children throughout this summer at several Greenfield sites.

Running weekdays now through July 24, anyone 18 years and younger can eat meals free of charge.

Sites are: Greenfield-Central High School (Door 14) weekdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch; Greenfield-Central Junior High School (Door 11), weekdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon for lunch; and the splash pad at Riley Park for lunch only, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays. No meals are served on July 4.

The Kids Kamp at Greenfield Parks Department is also receiving meals, but it is a closed site for participants of the Kids Kamp only. Sites are closed July 4.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded program to connect children with nutritious food when school is out. Greenfield-Central’s kitchens organize the program locally, but there are sites nationwide that are reimbursed by the USDA.

Children do not have to be enrolled in G-C schools to enjoy a meal; even those younger than school age can eat. All meals must be consumed on-site.

For program locations outside of Hancock County, call 211 or text “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744 (“Verano” for Spanish).

Households in need of assistance any time of the year can call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY to speak with a representative who will find resources, such as summer meal sites, food banks and other nearby social services.

College honor students, grads announced

HANCOCK COUNTY – College students with Hancock County ties were honored recently by universities.

Lane Wadle of Greenfield was named to the dean’s list at Georgia State University for the spring 2024 semester. Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 for a minimum of nine semester hours to be eligible for the list.

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio named the following local students to the president’s list for being in the top 3% of academic honors for the spring 2024 semester: Haley Hogue, Greenfield; and Ava Matas, Fortville.

Tayla Freeman of Greenfield was named to the dean’s list of the University of Maryland Global Campus for the spring 2024 term. Honorees must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 for the honor.

Manchester University in North Manchester and Fort Wayne announced local graduates: Madison Stamm of Fortville earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood and elementary education; Sean Julian of Greenfield earned a master of athletic training degree in exercise science, fitness and athletic training.

Wendy Trissel of Greenfield graduated from Buena Vista University with a master of education degree in teacher leadership, curriculum and instruction, on the effective teaching and instructional leadership track. The university is located in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Dropsey earns merit scholarship

NEW PALESTINE – Noah J. Dropsey of New Palestine High School was granted a National Merit Purdue University scholarship, with a probable career field of aerospace engineering.

College-sponsored merit scholarship winners were announced earlier this month by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. NMSC announced over 2,900 winners across the country financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.