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Kentucky by Heart: Liberty Elementary ‘purncipal’ Gerry Brooks offers fun relief from classroom stress

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted column from the August issue of Kentucky Monthly. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “Purncipal” Gerry Brooks promotes positive “edjercation” leadership tied in with a steady diet of funny stuff for his teachers at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington. And in recent years, the good-natured frivolity he shares, mostly via social media, has...

Liberty Elementary fifth-grader Frisby tapped as 2016 Lexington junior fire chief

Ryan Frisby of Liberty Elementary will represent Lexington schoolchildren as the city’s 2016 junior fire chief, and he is an ideal pick because of his longtime interest in safety. “If we all take part in preventing fires, even if we’re 10 years old, it could save a life,” he wrote in his winning essay. This year’s nationwide theme for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) is “Don’t Wait...

Supplemental Science: UK energy researchers energize an interest in science for students

“We need scientists and engineers. If we can convince one of these kids to go into science, it’s worth it,” said University of Kentucky engineer Jack Groppo, who volunteers with the elementary schools program. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Lab teachers at Yates, Liberty and Russell Cave elementaries have teamed up with scientists from...

Spanish Embassy awards Bryan Station High, Liberty Elementary for immersion programs

The Spanish Embassy is honoring Bryan Station High School and Liberty Elementary, both of whom are part of the Spanish Immersion Program in Fayette County Public Schools.   Bryan Station will receive a School of the Year Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish for its effective methods of integrating content and language learning. “The superb immersion program together with the astonishing...