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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Actress Jennifer Garner lobbies Ky. lawmakers for Save the Children work in Appalachia

FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.


Actress Jennifer Garner told Kentucky legislators Tuesday that once she became a Hollywood star with the ability to be a philanthropist, "I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew it had to be kids in rural America."

Garner, who grew up in West Virginia, asked lawmakers "to preserve $1 million in funding for Save the Children’s early childhood and literacy programs that serve more than 12,000 Kentucky children," Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She joined Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver at Senate and House committee meetings to discuss the value of high-quality early learning."

Shriver and Garner, who is on the organization's board, had breakfast with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin has proposed a 9 percent budget cut for most agencies, including preschool services, but his plan has $941,400 for the Save the Children program, and Senate President Robert Stivers, "who held a news conference with Shriver later Tuesday, said, 'I think there is a high likelihood that it would survive' through the legislature's budget process," Tom Loftus of The Courier-Journal reports. "Save the Children programs have shown stronger results in Kentucky than in any other state in helping kids from birth through the third grade, Shriver said."

Written by Al Cross Posted at 2/10/2016 

 

LCHS JROTC Leadershp, academic teams in regional competition

Congratulations go out to the Bulldog Battalion at Lawrence County High School (LCHS). Their JROTC Leadership Team and their Academic Team both finished in the top 50% of all JROTC to move into the second round of JLAB.

JLAB stands for Junior Leadership Academic is an on line test done in two phases.  In order to move on to the second phase they have to finish in the top 50% of the nation.  The top 3 teams in each class of the second phase wins a trip to Washington DC. JLAB is an on line “College Bowl” broken down into two different subject content.

The Leadership Team test takes questions from the JROTC curriculum with added questions from current events.  Their finish is extremely pleasing to the Senior Army Instructor, Major (Retired) Siembor. Major Siembor is very proud of not only the Leadership Team, but all his cadets who seem to flourish in the JROTC curriculum.

Major Seimbor goes on to explain how his cadets have excelled in local competition in Map Reading, and Orienteering as well, subjects he teaches. Also competing in the JLAB was an Academic Team, which is tested in Science, Math and English.

The Academic Team traditionally hasn’t done as well as the Leadership team however in the last three years they have advanced to round two as well. LCHS Bulldawgs are one of only three schools in Eastern KY (out of 18) that both teams advanced to the second round. The other two schools are Allen Central and East Carter. The Bulldawgs are the only school that did it three years in a row. Even more impressive the Bulldawg Battalion Leadership team is one of the few JROTC’s in Brigade who have advanced 12 consecutive years, ever since it began in 2004.

Special congratulations go to the Leadership Team for moving onto round two, they consist of: Team Co-Captains are C/CPT Aaron Roberts and C/CSM Shelby Taylor, C/SGT Brady Crockett, C/PFC Destiny LaFlesh and alternate C/SGT David McCoy.

Another Special congratulation goes to the Academic Team for moving onto round two, they consist of: Team Captain C/LT Anna Clay, C/SSG Tanner Waugh, C/SGT Shane Skeens, C/PFC Jon Accord and alternate C/SSG Sean Churchwell.

We are very proud of these cadets and wish them best in Round Two starting February 1st. Major Siembor the school’s Senior Army Instructor stated that he is very proud of both teams and has high hopes for them going forward.

Historically speaking the Bulldawgs have always finished in the top 50 % of round two as well, which means they are in the top 25 % of all JROTC in the nation. Major Siembor stated, “We may come from a small town, but we aim high and except no excuses.” He further stated that this type of competition is great for our kids to show them we can stack up to any high school in the nation.

 

MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON...

 

MOREHEAD, Ky.---The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and their partners are gearing up for their sixth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.  

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches, or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 500 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 160 beds.

Build a bed projectBuild a bed projectEach child receives a brand new bed and mattress along with a bedtime bag containing sheets, a pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, book, alarm clock or nightlight, and a hygiene kit. 

The beds will be built on Saturday, April 16, at the Peddler’s Mall.  Recipients are expected to pick up their beds on the day of the build.

The project is currently accepting applications from Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan and Wolfe counties.  

Applications can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed.  The applications must be submitted by March 1 for consideration. 

MSUCorps has partnered with outreach groups including: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Center for Adult Education and College Access (AECA), Center for Regional Engagement (CRE), Gateway House Homeless Shelter, Frenchburg Job Corps CCC, Educational Talent Search (ETS), and Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs. 

Any donation is appreciated. Checks may be made to Build-A-Bed and sent to MSUCorps, Morehead State University, 201 Education Services Building, Morehead, Kentucky, 40351. 

Bed sponsorship of $300 and comes with your name on the Build-A-Bed T-shirt. 

Details about how to help Build-A-Bed and application materials can be found at the website: www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed.

Additional information is available by contacting Mary Claire Williams, program director, at 606-783-2719 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CALENDAR

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Here’s a list of workforce training and community education opportunities sponsored by Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions team:

WOODWORKING I: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Woodworking I class on the Mayo campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Building D. The cost is $75 for the semester. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC TECHNICIAN (CFOT): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Technician Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 7 through March 9, May 16 through May 18, July 25 through July 27, October 10 through October 12, and December 5 through December 7. The class will meet Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPECIALIST TESTING AND MAINTENANCE (CFOS/T): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 10 through March 11, May 19 through May 20, July 28 through July 29, October 13 through October 14, and December 8 through December 9. The class will meet Thursday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPLICING SPECIALIST (CFOS/S): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 12 through March 13, May 21 through May 22, October 15 through October 16, and December 10 through December 11. The class will meet Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC SPECIALIST IN OUTSIDE PLANT (OSP) CABLING (CFOS/O): Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant Cabling Course on the Pikeville campus on the following dates: March 14 through March 15, May 23 through May 24, July 30 through July 31, October 17 through October 18, and December 12 through December 13. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Pharmacy Technician course on its Pikeville campus starting on March 29 through April 26. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Miller at (606) 788-2922 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLASS B CDL: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer Class A and Class B CDL courses throughout the year. For more information, contact Leo Fell at (606) 788-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BODY SHAPING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer body shaping during the Fall semester on its Prestonsburg campus. The class meets on Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Big Sandy Community and Technical College holds Driver’s Education and Driver’s Education Refresher courses on a monthly and individualized basis. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BODY SHAPING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Body Shaping classes on its Prestonsburg campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INTERMEDIATE AEROBICS: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Intermediate Aerobics classes on the Prestonsburg campus during the Spring 2016 semester. The class will meet Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Willie Owens at (606) 788-2921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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