LANCASTER - New honors have been bestowed upon Garrard County High School and Lancaster Elementary. They, along with Camp Dick Robinson Elementary which was honored three years ago, have been recognized by America's Promise as "Schools of Promise."
"It's a constant reminder and challenge to make sure we are making as many opportunities for students as we can," said GCHS principal Kevin Stull.
"We want to make sure kids can be successful at school," said Camp Dick Robinson principal Janet Overstreet.
America's Promise was started by Secretary of State Colin Powell, former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, and First Lady Nancy Reagan during the Presidential Summit of 1997. The former presidents along with dozens of mayors, governors, and community delegates challenged the nation to make youth a national priority.
Schools must keep five "promises" for students
Each school chosen is supposed to keep five "promises" for students. They are to make sure students: Have ongoing relationships with caring adults, including parents, mentors, tutors and coaches; have safe places with structural activities during non-school hours; have a healthy state and future; receive marketable skills through effective education; and have opportunities to give back through community service.