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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dr. Harold Olin

Jim Cherry, Kiwanis President with Dr. Harold Olin, Greenfield-Central Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Harold Olin, Greenfield-Central Schools Superintendent, spoke to Kiwanis about his background, Special Education, Digital learning, the new building next to the high school and then answered questions.
Dr. Olin is a 3rd generation educator in Hancock County.  His grandfather was a part of Mt. Vernon Schools, his father a part of New Palestine schools and he has been a part of Greenfield-Central for over 16 years. 
The Special Education students are all a part of the G-C system now and the transition from Joint Services is complete.  Over 900 students have an Individualized Education Program. 
Digital learning has been introduced to the high school and junior high.  Some digital programs are in the Intermediate schools to familiarize the student with the concepts and process  before junior high.
The former Library building at 700 North Broadway was purchased by the schools to house alternate high school education and a preschool.  The alternate education program helps students who require special schedules to coordinate with work or vocational education continue their studies.   The preschool will add high level preschool capacity to the city. 
Dr. Olin answered questions regarding  Finance, the teacher shortage, and education for advanced students.
For more information on Greenfield-Central Schools see

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chris Sickels, Artist

Chris Sickels, the artist of Red Nose Studios in Greenfield spoke to Kiwanis and showed examples of his work and creative process.  Chris, a Winchester, Indiana native began his artistic career while in high school  where he was encouraged by his family and art teacher to pursue his art.  He then attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. 

Chris works as a commercial artist, book illustrator, sculptor, and does stop motion animation.  He recently completed illustrations and animation for the book “Secret Subway” by Shana Corey.  His work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Angie’s List magazine, and on Main Street in downtown Greenfield.  A video animation is featured in the new Fulton Street Station of the New York MTA and a print from that video is featured on some Subway trains.

Chris and his wife live in Greenfield with their four children.  More information can be found at

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Prosecutor Brent Eaton

Prosecutor Brent Eaton reviewed the operations of the office with Kiwanis.  The Prosecutor is elected to a four year term.  The office has 20 employees and a budget of about one million dollars.   Child support is a major division of the office with collection, disbursements, and enforcement handled by the staff.  The office handles between 2,500 and 3,000 criminal cases per year. 

The office is staffed during lunch hours so that the public can come in for assistance.  A victims assistance grant and a grant that provides a full time attorney to prosecute crimes against women and children.  

More information  and contact phones and can be obtained at .

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lunch with the Rover

Lunch and Learn with the GCHS Rover Team on Friday, July 29, 2016  at the Riley Park attracted visitors from Kehin, Senator Coats office, the Indiana Department of Education and many members of Kiwanis.  The event took place from 11 am to 1 pm at Riley Park.

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