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New Fayette County Public Schools initiative encourages families to emphasize early learning

In an effort to support kindergarten readiness and improve the opportunities for young children to achieve success later in life, Fayette County Public Schools formally announced “First 5 Lex – Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten” at a news conference at the Family Care Center. The First 5 Lex initiative gives families and caregivers access to information about early learning and...

Community-wide education initiative First 5 Lex picks up $5,000 grant from PNC’s Grow Up Great program

First 5 Lex, a communitywide initiative whose focus is “read, talk, and play” for children from cradle to kindergarten, has received a $5,000 grant as part of PNC’s ongoing Grow Up Great program. “Early learning is critical to success later in life,” John Gohmann, regional president of PNC Bank, said in announcing more than $60,000 in funding for 10 nonprofit organizations in Central Kentucky....

Community volunteers ramping up to help struggling William Wells Brown Elementary

No particular career background or degree is required to make a difference as a school volunteer. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Mary Reed, a retiree with a lifetime of experience in the military and the medical field, is eager to volunteer at William Wells Brown Elementary. She sees her role as reinforcing the learning process.   “If you befriend...

Parent University sessions help parents learn how to get involved in their child's education

Participants roamed the second-floor displays at Parent University to pick up brochures and ask questions before the rotation of classes began. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Rhonda Fykes and Daniela Shorter signed up for the inaugural Parent University for different reasons. Fykes, who teaches at Bryan Station High, has daughters attending elementary...

Golden Apple Awards go to six groups for successful education-business partnerships

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Everyone was on the same page Thursday at Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast, where the Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools recognized high-performance partners for 2013-2014. These award-winners invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or particular schools through committed exchanges...