A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bill Straub: ‘Tis the season; since lots of kids are hungry, can we figure out how to feed them?

‘Tis the season, as they say, and Kentuckians caught up in the spirit are ready to spread the sort of comfort and joy one might expect as Christmas draws near. Well, most of them anyway. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, a sterling advocate of the “I’ve got mine I don’t care about yours’’ philosophy of Ayn Rand, is at it again. In a state where 20 percent of the children...

Kids can trick-or-treat at Salato Wildlife Education Center’s ‘Halloween Walk with the Animals’ on Oct. 27

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Oct. 27. Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night”...

Beth Underwood: Letting kids be kids isn’t always easy, but it’s okay to let them test their limits

Colton is the daredevil of the family. I’m not sure where he gets it — certainly not from me — but I’m convinced daredevilism (is that a real word?) must be a part of one’s DNA. Once you have it, it’s hard to shake. As is the memory of one of Colton’s most memorable stunts. From where I stood that day, Colton was 100 feet off the ground if he was 10, climbing among the branches...

Lexington Dream Factory announces new board members, 'Dreams Take Flight Gala'

  New members of the 2015 board of the Lexington Dream Factory include Jim Dusso, Jed Kerkhoff, Meredith Lane and Mark Yates.   When asked about the new additions to the Board, one of the founding Board members, Darrell Ishmael, said “The entire Board of the Lexington Dream Factory is excited about our new board members and we look forward to even more dreams coming true for Kentucky’s...

Fayette County Public Schools' first window for 2015 – 2016 registration opens Feb. 3

  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   The first registration window for the 2015-2016 academic year in Fayette County Public Schools runs Feb. 3-26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, plus 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 4. (If schools are closed because of bad weather, then registration is canceled as well.) As of Aug. 1, 2015, Kentucky law will require children between 6 and 18 years old to attend...

Poetry Out Loud competition gives students creative outlet and chance to win trip to D.C.

  Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest, celebrates its 10th year in Kentucky schools in 2015.   The contest starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to schoolwide competition, then to the state competition, Feb. 19 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. Fifteen Kentucky schools, including three that are new to the Poetry Out Loud program, will compete for the chance to represent...

1000 Books Before Kindergarten celebrates reading with free books, family activities

  It was one year ago this month, that the Louisville Free Public Library launched the popular 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge. Since then, more than 14,000 area children have taken up the challenge, and nearly 700 of them have already completed it.   Come celebrate 1000 Books’ first year at the new Southwest Regional Library on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 10 a.m. Llama Llama,...

Science Guy: No pressure, but household bathroom supplies could suck you into science

  It’s something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn’t just for unclogging the toilet. Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science,” with Hooked on Science, and a kid scientist show us how plungers can help us better understand the weather.   Plunger Power     INGREDIENTS   · 2 Toilet Plungers   INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP...

Science Guy: A penny may not buy much, but put it with a few other items, make electricity

  Do you have a few extra pennies in your pocket? If so, our KyForward’s Science Guy Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to use pennies and a few other ingredients from around the house to power a calculator.   Penny Powered Calculator     INGREDIENTS   · 3 Pennies · 3 Zinc Washers · Cardboard · Electrical Tape · Vinegar · 2 Alligator Clip Test Leads ·...

Migrant children, families enriched by fun, academic activities; creates bonds

The youngest kids lined up for a caterpillar relay race. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Children’s smiles and laughter can transcend barriers, especially during a cookout and field-day games, which is how the district’s Migrant Education Program capped week three of summer school activities.   About 70 youngsters, along with many family members,...

The Lexington Philharmonic is branching out to libraries and reaching out to kids

  During the week of July 14, 2014 the Lexington Philharmonic continues the LexPhil at the Library series with six presentations of Music Builds Science!, an engaging hour-long program for children K-4 and at six branches of the Lexington Public Library.   LexPhil will also present Storytelling through Music at the Beaumont Branch Library, the final lecture of the LexPhil Lecture Series geared...