More than 400 students and educators from the 22-school district membership in the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) celebrated innovation in the classroom with displays on the mezzanine in the Frankfort Capitol on February 12. Four individuals were also honored in a Capitol Rotunda ceremony and students from three school districts presented before a senate committee.
The event showcased the work going on in eastern Kentucky K-12 classrooms to state legislators, constitutional officers, and the public.
KVEC superintendents and local legislators presented a “call-to-action” position paper to state leaders during a press conference urging them to support a set of research-based solutions and policy recommendations to better serve disadvantaged rural students and improve the regional economy. The paper can be read at: www.theholler.org/position-paper/.
The Jenkins Independent School District presented on the topics Community Challenge Grant, Let’s Build A Stronger Community, Cavalier Enterprises, reclaiming a coal site for recreational area for local citizens, and a Leader In Me project – Warmth in a bag community project. The students and teachers attending were Kelley Bentley, Jamie Nicole Cook, Makala Stambaugh, Sophia Hampton, Breaunna Rose, Alyssa Rose, Madison Polly, Paul Breeding, and Crystal Smallwood.