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Education

  • Students form ‘mini-relay’ to raise money for a cure

    Most of us are familiar with Relay for Life and the money the event brings for the fight against cancer.

    Rebecca Hawkins’ 22-member second-grade class at Hodgenville Elementary is helping that effort by forming their own “mini-relay” using innovative techniques to raise money.

    “We set a goal of $500, but we may have to increase that as they’ve already raised over $436,” said Hawkins who is in her 10th year of teaching at Hodgenville.

  • Project Graduation a fun, safe night to remember

    Wanting to give this year’s graduating LaRue County High School seniors a “fun, safe night to remember,” several of those seniors’ parents have been working since September on this year’s Project Graduation.

    Observed at many high school campuses throughout the nation after Commencement exercises, Project Graduation began more than 20 years ago in the northeast after several students died in alcohol-related auto accidents while celebrating their graduation.

  • Hodgenville Elementary School’s proficiency report reviewed by board

    Hodgenville Elementary School Principal Penny Cecil recently discussed the school's CATS results and showed HES growth over the last several years during a meeting with the School Board.

    She said two-year growth for the school is at eight points overall, with a slight gain in reading, 29 point gain in mathematics, 5 point gain in science, 38.7 point gain in arts and humanities, 19.4 point gain in practical living and vocational studies, 5 point gain on portfolio, and drops only in two areas – social studies, 3.9 points, and on-demand, 3 points.

  • Cecil, Nunn named to Lincoln Presidential cabinet

    The faculty and staff at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School named two employees to the Lincoln Presidential Cabinet. Larry Nunn, head custodian, and Karlotta Cecil, fifth-grade teacher, are the recipients for December.

  • School board members honored for service, progress

    This month, more than 800 local school board members are being honored for their service to school districts in Kentucky.

    “LaRue County Schools have been very fortunate to have a board committed to making decisions based on our students and community’s best interest,” said Sam Sanders, LaRue County Schools’ superintendent. “Because of this, the school system has made tremendous progress in every area.”

    He said that news articles from across the state reveal, unfortunately, this is not the case in many other districts.

  • Drake earns national board certification

    For Lisa Drake, LaRue County Middle School physical education teacher, the road to becoming LaRue County School District’s third teacher to gain national board certification was self-enlightening.

    “The things they required in order to become certified allowed me to step back from myself and observe how I taught as though I was someone else watching,” said Drake, in her 19th year of teaching. “It gives the teacher a good look at what she’s doing in the classroom and how she can improve.”

  • College Goal Sunday scheduled for parents, students

    College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at 21 sites in 18 communities across the state. Each site will hold a drawing for a scholarship that can be used at any Kentucky school.

    The sites include the Hawkins Athletic Complex at Campbellsville University and Room 3030 of the Occupational Technical Building at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Friends of FRYSC award presented

    The State Office of Family Resource Youth Services Center presented the prestigious “Friends of FRYSC” award Jan. 8 to the Lisa Pendleton Graham family in honor of her service and contributions to the LaRue County Youth Service Center as a member and two-term chairwoman of the YSC Advisory Council.

    The Pendleton-Graham family also received a citation from the governor commemorating Graham’s contributions to the families and students of LaRue County through her long-time service on the LaRue County Youth Service Center Advisory Council.

  • Bluegrass Challenge Academy provides assistance to at-risk youth

    It took tough love and boot camp to get 16-year-old Steven Terry’s attention.

    The teen was behind in studies, refusing to cooperate with his parents and being physically aggressive toward family members.

    After completing the 22-week program at Fort Knox’s Bluegrass Challenge Academy, the once disobedient son of Steve and Alex Terry believes he is on the right track.

    The academy, said Steven, is “a place for at risk youth of Kentucky to have a second chance at life.”

  • LaRue students get a taste of state legislation

    Twenty-three LaRue County High School students had a taste of what it is like to be a state legislator as they attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly in Louisville and Frankfort in November.

    “We got a chance to have our voices heard,” said Zach Lee, who was named one of the 10 outstanding Premier Delegates out of 300 freshmen in attendance. Some 1,300 students in grades nine through 12 from throughout Kentucky served as legislators, lobbyists, Supreme Court justices, reporters, governor and cabinet members.