March 16 Scoop Briefs



Franklin kindergarten sign-up opens in April

Kindergarten registration will be in April for Franklin families.

Parents of upcoming kindergarten students are invited to register their children from 4 to 7 p.m. April 7 at each elementary school in Franklin schools.

District’s schools plan kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for Center Grove students has been set. Registration will be from 6 to 7 p.m. April 14 at all elementary schools in the district.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1.

Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency. Adults wanting to volunteer with the school should bring their driver’s license.

Franklin College receives grant

Franklin College has received a grant that will help it create new winter term classes.

The school received The Engaged Department institutional grant through Indiana Campus Compact a program supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The $14,000 grant will provide the necessary funding for the college to create new winter term courses that combine service and learning in the surrounding community.

The new courses will be designed to resemble a current course that has been offered since 1996 called “Inner-City Missions.” In this course students actually live and work in shelters and missions serving the homeless in Indianapolis.

Local students serve as pages at Statehouse

Local students got an inside look at state government by serving as pages.

Hunter Owens, Franklin Community High School; Paige Taylor, Clark Pleasant Middle School; Jacob Lengacher, from Greenwood, a homeschooled student; and Emily Dougherty, Whiteland Community High School, all served as pages for Sen. Greg Walker.

Lauren Teike and Austin Tieke, Center Grove High School served as pages for Rep. Woody Burton.

Elijah Mahan, Center Grove Middle Central, served as a page for Rep. John Price.

Pages observe actions on bills, tour the Statehouse and run errands for legislators.

Riley accepting camper applications

Applications are being accepted for this year’s Camp Riley program, a camp for kids with physical disabilities.

“Blast from the Past” is the theme for the camp in 2015. Online applications to secure a spot are available at Camp Riley is hosted at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center in Martinsville.

The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds one to three. Children ages 8 to 18 can attend one of five Camp Riley sessions offered during a six-week span in June and July. Sessions offer swimming, hiking, horseback riding, vertical climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities.

New families may attend Newcomer’s Day on May 30 at Camp Riley to learn more.

Riley Children’s Foundation subsidizes the majority of each child’s camper fee. The fee families are asked to pay is determined on a sliding scale based on household income.

Information: 877-867-4539,