The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee has recognized five recipients for the 2018 Excellence in Education grants.
The Chamber’s Foundation for Education was formed in April 2008 to enhance educational opportunities in the Chamber’s eight-county region. The Foundation provides funding assistance to supplement areas within the school systems where there are insufficient funds to meet student needs. Over $50,000 in grants have been awarded to schools throughout the region, including $5,415 presented to this year’s winners.
Each year, proceeds from the Chamber’s Links for Learning Golf Scramble fund the Excellence in Education grants. The 2018 grant winners are Fleming-Neon Middle in Letcher County, Jones Fork Elementary and Knott County Central High School in Knott County, Louisa East Elementary in Lawrence County, and Pikeville Elementary in Pike County.
Jones Fork Elementary
Misty Keens, fourth and fifth grade educator, used the grant to purchase six refurbished iPad minis. The devices will be used to expand coding education programs for students as well as everyday educational purposes across several subject areas.
Louisa East Elementary
Students from second to fifth grade will showcase their coding skills at a STEM Family Night using Ozobots purchased through the grant. Students practice lessons provided by the Ozobot website to become familiar with coding techniques.
Kindergarten through fifth grade will utilize Dash and Dot Robots. “I will be able to take these robots into classes of all grade levels. Through the challenges, we will instill creativity and problem-solving skills, as well as exposing them to computer science and 21st century learning,” said Michelle Scott.
The grant was used to replace outdated data technology and resources to benefit all grades. The new resources will bring the school up to date with the Next Generation Science Standards content and curriculum by allowing inquiry and investigation of scientific phenomena.
Knott County Central High
The grant gave support to the school’s efforts to establish an outdoor classroom/small amphitheater. They plan to use the area for a myriad of opportunities including dramatic arts, musical performances, and outdoor studies. Students will utilize real-life skills to help in the construction, planning, and design of the area.
Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (SEKC) is committed to improving the local economy, regional unity, political advocacy, and economic development; ultimately, improving the quality of life for citizens of the entire region. With over 450-member businesses in eight-counties, SEKC provides a support network for businesses in Southeast Kentucky.