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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...

William Wells Brown Elementary’s 21st Century summer camp rigorous, but ‘fun and engaging’

For youngsters like Faith Owens, the 21st Century program’s four-week camp at William Wells Brown Elementary is a great way to spend part of the summer. “I’ve done the camp since third grade,” said Faith, who will be in fifth grade this fall at Southern Elementary after a recent move. “It helps me get my grades up, and when I fall off track, I can come here to learn to be smarter and make...

Challenge Accepted: Students at three elementary schools getting an important lesson in recycling

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Students at William Wells Brown, Harrison, and Arlington elementaries have accepted the Recycle Challenge – vowing to spread the word and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get on board to save landfill space, energy, and nature. “It is a big issue here, and this certainly gave us a push,” said Kim Sword, the STEM lab teacher at William...

Cardinal Valley fourth-graders deepen their pool of knowledge in after-school science program

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A group of fourth-graders at Lexington’s Cardinal Valley Elementary dove into a water-themed after-school series and came up sputtering all sorts of facts about water quality, conservation of natural resources and even frog slime. “We learned how to keep the water safe, about not using a lot, and keeping it from being polluted,” said 9-year-old Alauna...

Rallying around William Wells Brown: ‘You may have been at the bottom, but now you’ve been lifted up’

The United Way of the Bluegrass led a community-wide pep rally at William Wells Brown Elementary to commend its turnaround on the “Unbridled Learning” state accountability data released this fall. After being tagged as the state’s lowest performing elementary in 2014, William Wells Brown increased its score by 19.2 points and moved up 26 spots. “I think it’s great,” fifth-grader Jenise...

Easing the Transition: Camp designed to make move to middle school more relaxed

  ‘The whole point was to get them excited about coming to middle school,” said Kim White, left, a University of Kentucky professor who worked with a summer camp for sixth-graders designed to help ease the transition to middle school. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When school starts in August, a certain group of rising sixth-graders in...

Interviews set for two FCPS superintendent candidates; community input encouraged

Public forums, community receptions, small group meetings and online submissions are some of the ways the Lexington community can get involved in the selection of the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent.   Members of the Fayette County Board of Education will interview at least two finalists for the district’s highest leadership post next week. Candidates will each spend a day...

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...

Mentoring program pairs UK students with local youth to inspire them to ‘dream big’

Leanna Stafford, right, is a founding member of the UK College Mentors for Kids chapter. She said mentors encourage youngsters to be better in their everyday lives by being there for them. (Photo provided)   By Erin Grigson KyForward correspondent   Little kids are dreaming bigger after working with University of Kentucky students through College Mentors for Kids.   The mentor program...

Mentoring program pairs UK students with local youth to inspire them to 'dream big'

Leanna Stafford, right, is a founding member of the UK College Mentors for Kids chapter. She said mentors encourage youngsters to be better in their everyday lives by being there for them. (Photo provided)   By Erin Grigson KyForward correspondent   Little kids are dreaming bigger after working with University of Kentucky students through College Mentors for Kids.   The mentor program...

FCPS calls on community, United Way to help struggling William Wells Brown Elementary

To volunteer to help the William Wells Brown Elementary, email volunteer@uwbg.org.   Staff report   While four Fayette County Public Schools outperformed nearly all other schools in Kentucky on state tests, one school – William Wells Brown Elementary – earned the state’s lowest rating, with scores only in the first percentile.   “We’re thrilled to see so many of...

Lexington elementaries get Born Learning Academies as gift from Toyota, United Way

Lexington schools will kick off an innovative early childhood learning program at four elementary schools on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The United Way Born Learning Academies are part of a $1 million investment from Toyota with 14 new launches this year.   The academy encourages parents to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. (Photo from Born Learning) The program is...

Four Lexington schools part of statewide launch of new Born Learning Academies

The monthly family workshops at four local elementary schools are free and include a meal. Their purpose is to help families take a more active role in early childhood education. (Photo from United Way/Facebook)   Four Lexington elementary schools are part of 14 statewide launches of new early childhood learning programs this fall and family workshops beginning Sept. 4 with funding from Toyota...