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Calipari foundation working to help struggling Kentucky families during time of uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is doing his part to help struggling families during the current coronavirus crisis that has crippled the state, nation and the world. The Calipari Foundation, the Kroger Company, and Fayette County Public Schools will be providing food for families based in 37 elementary schools through April 20 and said if they “need more, then we will do more — eight...

Lexington Paul Dunbar students sweep top honors in 2020 regional science competition

Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School secured top honors in the 2020 Central Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 7. David Vulakh earned first place overall in the high school division, second place went to Saisha Dhar, and third place to Ashley Su. The middle school division’s overall winners included Morton’s Lars Myrup in first place and Gerald Winkler in third...

Fayette County Public Schools are closed for three weeks; students should complete activities at home

Fayette County Public Schools will be closed for at least the next three weeks. Educational activities appropriate for students at each grade level are being provided two ways: • Students at every grade level were given copies of “FCPS Unplugged” to take home with them today. This document includes 15 days of activities students can do at home without the use of electronic devices. If you would...

Cardinal Valley Elementary after-school art club inspired by trading cards of influential women

The after-school art club at Cardinal Valley Elementary has been inspired by trading cards of influential women. During Women’s History Month, moviegoers and others can stop by the small gallery at the Kentucky Theatre to see an exhibit of oversized trading cards designed by a Transylvania University student paired with corresponding artwork by an after-school club at Cardinal Valley Elementary. “We...

Local businesses, organizations sought as worksites for 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program

The 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program (SYJTP) is seeking local businesses and community-based organizations to serve as worksites for this year’s program. As part of the Summer Youth Job Training Program, participating employers do not incur direct wage costs. All of the youth workers’ wages and employment-related costs are paid directly by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. However,...

SisterKeeper mentoring program changing the conversation among girls at Bryan Station HS

“We’re trying to really empower them to be strong young women,” said Whitney Young, the Youth Services Center coordinator at BSHS. (Photo from FCPS) When several dozen Bryan Station students spent an hour dissecting the phrase “like a girl,” the mood shifted noticeably as the conversation turned from hurtful stereotypes toward life-giving affirmations. The reclaim-the-language exercise...

Fayette County Public Schools, Commerce Lexington promote ‘Building Intentional Partnerships’

Nearly 75 professionals recently gathered for an informational and networking session called “Building Intentional Partnerships,” sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington. “We want resource partners to meet businesses and for all of us to start working together and forming relationships,” said Marilyn Clark, manager of the district’s office of Economic Development...

Leadership Lexington Youth Program helps teens find avenues as ambassadors for change

In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank. (Photo provided) In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank, which tweaked their comfort zone. “I’m used to going home to a home-cooked meal. I’m not used to seeing...

Liberty Elementary’s leaders-in-training volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, spread seasonal joy

With winter break on the horizon, Liberty Elementary spread a little seasonal joy at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, where the Student Leadership Team baked and bagged 10 dozen cookies for families whose children are patients in local hospitals. “It helps instill that they need to give back to the community and not just focus on themselves,” said Cydney Jackson, a district mental health specialist...

Dixie Magnet Elementary teacher Yan Wang named recipient of 2019 Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award

Yan Wang of Dixie Magnet Elementary is one of two national recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award from the Chinese Language Association Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS), which commended her as a highly effective teacher and an excellent role model for K-12 Chinese teachers. CLASS recognized Wang during the 2019 annual convention and world languages expo sponsored by the American...

Coding mentors bolster kids’ confidence at William Wells Brown Elementary Promise Academy

Third, fourth, and fifth graders learned the foundation of computer programming in a basic coding class. (Photo from FCPS) Learning to manipulate game elements to achieve goals proved an enriching experience for youngsters in the Promise Academy at William Wells Brown Elementary. “The success is solely based on their efforts,” said Obi Taylor, who with partner Lafe Taylor runs a business called...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

Lexington’s Family Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary, still blazing innovative trail of work

A facility that was considered ground-breaking when it opened in 1989 is still blazing an innovative trail today as it celebrates its 30th anniversary of work with parents and young children. “The Family Care Center helps families with young children achieve greater stability and resilience. One of its priorities is working with young parents who may not be quite ready to be parents,” Mayor Linda...

Tree Week 2019: A week of tree-centric activities in Lexington, celebrating trees’ impact on environment

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Tree Week 2019 celebrates Lexington’s trees and the myriad ways they impact everyone’s lives. Venues around Lexington will be hosting family-friendly educational, recreational and community activities for all ages and interests from Oct. 12-19. The free, week-long celebration is coordinated by the Urban Forest Initiative in collaboration with a variety...

Fayette County Schools students at The Stables follow ‘code of the west’ for life principles

Paraeducator Ametrius Holland encouraged two competitors as they made the turn at the halfway mark. (Photo from FCPS) While The Stables in Fayette County Public Schools is a long way from Wyoming, the alternative program has embraced “Cowboy Ethics” and the Code of the West with its 10 Principles to Live By. For sophomore McKayla Goltz, the favorite is “Always Finish What You Start.” “That...

Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Window open to apply for FCPS 2020-2021 special programs, early entrance to kindergarten

The 2020-21 application window for Fayette County Public School’s gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, and other specialized academic opportunities is open Aug. 15 through Oct. 7, 2019. It is not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during this window, and all will receive equal consideration. This is also the window for families interested in their...

Bright and shiny, Fayette County’s Brenda Cowan Elementary full of anticipation on opening day

Students got right to work on the first day of school at Brenda Cowan Elementary. (Photo from FCPS) At Brenda Cowan Elementary, excitement was the buzzword for Day 1 of the 2019-20 school year. As teachers welcomed their classes, staffers tied bus/car tags onto backpacks, and students practiced carrying imaginary trays through the lunch line, everyone seemed in high spirits at the newest facility in...

FCPS free Cutz-n-Curlz event provides fresh styles, relationship building prior to start of school year

Local barbers and stylists volunteered to help with the annual Cutz-n-Curlz. (Photo from FCPS) Students of all ages turned out for the annual Cutz-n-Curlz, where they scored free haircuts and fresh styles for the 2019-20 school year. “They feel like a new person with a sense of confidence,” said Marc Petitfrere, manager of King Kuts in Lexington, which brought its entire staff of barbers to help...