Week of Giving: The Thanksgiving Giveaway

All this week, we’re featuring stories about how our students are giving back to the New Palestine and surrounding communities.

Today’s “Week of Giving” story is about New Palestine High School  teacher Miss Temple’s six English classes and a service project they complete during the second half of the semester.

The students have started a partnership with Caring Place Reach, an inner-city outreach program.

The students worked with two different programs through Caring Place Reach. The first, Thanksgiving Giveaway, provides free Thanksgiving dinners to the less fortunate that they can take home to their families. The second, The Christmas Store, allows children who may not have any gifts waiting for them to go shopping for free at a store stocked with many different kinds of toys.
The students facilitated every aspect of the fundraiser, from determining how exactly to fundraise all the way through volunteering on their own time at Thanksgiving Giveaway or The Christmas Store.
Through our students’ hard work and generosity, they raised enough money and collected enough toys to feed 5,000 people for Thanksgiving and provide toys for more than 1,000 children this holiday season!
Congratulations to Miss Temple and her English classes! Your hard work and generosity makes us New Pal Proud!

Week of Giving: Brandywine Elementary care packages

Every day this week, as part of a series we’re calling the “Week of Giving”, we’re featuring stories about Southern Hancock students who are giving back to our community.


Today, we are recognizing our Brandywine Elementary fifth and sixth grade classes, who worked together to create more than 100 care packages to help the homeless in Hancock and Marion counties.

Students contributed winter clothing items like socks and gloves, toiletries, and food to put inside the packages, which they then filled themselves.


Each care package also included a hand-written note of encouragement from one of the students.

The students collected enough items for more than 100 care packages!

The bags will be distributed at the Hancock County Fairgrounds to the homeless in our community. Some bags will also be handed out in downtown Indianapolis.

Thank you Brandywine Elementary for giving back to community members in need! We are New Pal Proud of you!



Week of Giving: Girl Scout Troop donates LEGOs to Riley Hospital

As part of the #BrodyStrong celebration at New Palestine High School earlier this month, 7th grade Girl Scout Troop 874 raised money to buy LEGOs for Riley Hospital.

IMG_5076 Last week, the troop used the $1,843 in donations they received at the NPHS basketball games to buy those LEGOs at the Meijer store in McCordsville. The store also gave them a 20% discount, which allowed the the troop to buy extra toys for the hospital. In addition, the store gave them a gift bag filled with more LEGOs.


“It was a day full of joy and reflection as we thought of Brody Stephens and the example that he set before us,” said troop leader Brandee Bastin. “He is truly our inspiration and we were so honored to have his Mom, Celia Stephens, there with us.”

The girl scouts delivered the LEGOs to Riley Hospital on Friday, shown in the photos below.



Week of Giving: Drew’s Toy Drive

All this week, we’re highlighting how Southern Hancock students are giving back to the New Palestine community this holiday season.

Today’s story is about New Palestine Elementary student Drew Lapenta.

This time last year, Drew was undergoing open heart surgery at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Now that he’s recovered, he wanted to give back to the hospital and its patients.

NPE Student Drew Lapenta making a donation of toys to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Last week, on the 1-year anniversary of his surgery, Drew organized a toy drive at NPE. Students in preschool through sixth grade wore their pajamas for a $1 donation to Drew’s toys.  He raised nearly $700!

Drew, along with the help from the NPE Student Council, friends, and family were able to use that money to buy toys to donate to the hospital.

Drew says he plans to organize a similar toy drive every year going forward.

We are #newpalproud of Drew for making a difference in our community and beyond!

NPE Student Council
Drew Lapenta (middle in the blue shirt) with the New Palestine Elementary Student Council.


New Pal Proud

The Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock acknowledges that the recent request for removal of the banner sponsored by the Real Life Church is a matter of great emotional significance to many in our community, and is a legally sensitive matter.  The CSCSHC will continue to strive to balance a legal compliance and a respect for community values.  Student academic and social success is CSCSHC’s highest priority, and must remain the focus of our time and financial resources.

We would like to thank the community, our sponsors, and the town of New Palestine for all the support we receive.  This is a special place to live and work.  We are New Pal Proud.

CSCSHC honored to welcome administrators from China to NPHS

New Palestine High School was honored to welcome administrators from China on Friday.

The group was part of the Chinese Education Connection, which allows educators from China to visit schools in the the United States and vice versa. Indiana has a sister state partnership with Zhejiang Province in eastern China. Teachers and administrators come to Indiana about six times each year. They tour schools to learn about education in America and present lectures about how schools operate in China.

NPHS Principal Keith Fessler gave a presentation about programs that make New Palestine unique, including the Early College program, Project Lead the Way, and many of the extra-curricular programs the school offers.

NPHS Principal Keith Fessler presents to administrators from China
NPHS Principal Keith Fessler makes a presentation to administrators from China.

NPHS Senior Ellie Roudebush presented an example of a Senior Exit Interview, where seniors must demonstrate, with specific examples, skills and concepts they learned during their four years at NPHS. Ellie’s exit interview included a hands-on demonstration for the guests on how to clog dance.

NPHS Senior Ellie Roudebush teaches administrators from eastern China how to clog dance.

Students from Mr. Large’s Advanced Business Management class also gave the group a tour of the building. They were then treated to a traditional school lunch.


Earlier in the week, the administrators met with IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox to discuss amateur athletics. The group will stay in New Palestine for the weekend before going to back to China.