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Back to Basics 2 helps 16th District PTA start new year as ‘effective student advocates’

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Dozens of parents and volunteers gathered recently for Back to Basics 2, the 16th District PTA’s summer leadership training. In the day-long retreat at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Newtown campus, …

Kentucky high school seniors wrap up five weeks of 32nd Governor’s Scholars Program

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More than 1,100 incoming high school seniors spent their last summer before graduation in Kentucky’s 32nd Governor’s Scholars Program session. Kentucky’s GSP is the largest and one of the oldest in the nation.   GSP scholars were divided among three …

Media coordinator returns from Library of Congress with ideas to make history exciting

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When students research historical events, primary sources can be an invaluable tool – especially if the teacher makes the material more meaningful so it’s not dismissed as boring old photographs in …

Lafayette football team joins local volunteers to prepare for weekend back-to-school rallies

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  The “Preparing for Success” back-to-school rallies will be Saturday, Aug. 2, at nearly 20 neighborhood sites around Lexington. Students and their families can enjoy a morning of lawn games and other fun activities as they browse resource booths, snack …

Massachusetts study finds parents challenged by what to pack in kids’ school lunch boxes

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  Packing a healthy lunch that kids will eat is an ongoing challenge for families, and a challenge that is often not met, according to a study by researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.   “When deciding what to …

New standards mean snacks must be smarter in school cafeterias, stores, vending machines

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  By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Schools will have to provide students with healthier snacks and beverages during the school day this year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” standards.     …

UK, state youth and health advocates host summit on childhood obesity, physical activity

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  By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   Today’s public schools serve and educate students amidst competing demands of accountability, innovation and fiscal constraints. Kentucky’s schools face an additional and significant challenge: The Commonwealth has the eighth highest rate of …

Pythons, bullfrogs, tarantulas … oh my!
In any language, children go wild for animals

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   What do a giant African bullfrog, a 30-pound capybara and a 9-foot Burmese python have in common?   Answer: They have the ability to fascinate youngsters – including several Fayette County …

Study shows low wages, fewer jobs await Ky. high school grads who don’t attend college

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A new study of recent Kentucky high school graduates shows that approximately 60 percent of those who did not attend postsecondary education entered Kentucky’s workforce and earned less than $8,000 in the year following graduation.   The “No College = …

STEAM Academy students already on track to success after summer in real chemistry lab

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  By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward   Just because school is out for summer doesn’t mean every student is taking a break from learning. Many students from the Fayette County Public School’s STEAM Academy have participated in labs and …