Lincoln recognized for state's best after-school program

October 30, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Good things happen in Lincoln County schools after students are dismissed for the day. Some students stay behind to brush up on their archery skills, others to play on the Playstation or wear fatigues in a Junior Cadet program.

No matter what 21st Century activity they choose to participate in, students in the after-school program have fun while learning, and their progress has earned the program statewide recognition.

The Lincoln County 21st Century program, named INVEST, was recognized Friday in Louisville at the Kentucky Community Education Association conference for having the best after-school program in the state. It received a plaque for effective dedication in furthering students' education after school.

Wayne Thurman, director of INVEST, said the plaque and recognition was well-deserved by the Lincoln County program, now in its second year.


"We do a lot of enrichment activities along with academic activities, and it's given them (students) something to exceed in that they might not have had otherwise," said Thurman.

He credited the program's success to its coordinators, Wiley Faw, Gail Owens, Betsy Sutton, Justin Padgett and Peggy Hubbard.

Thurman wrote the application for the award and submitted it to conference directors who later selected Lincoln and Boyle counties' programs for recognition.

"I just listed some of the projects we've done and tell them why we think we should get this award," said Thurman. "We just give children something to bond with school-wise."

In the grant application, children are likened to precious jewels that need to be finely cut by a master jeweler, not exposed to the elements.

Included in the application is a list of INVEST students' achievements, including helping the state Fish and Wildlife Department build a boat dock for Cedar Creek Lake and marked improvements in class participation and academic performance in the classroom.

Thurman said recognition for a job well done was welcome, but seeing the behavior improvements in INVEST students also was a reward. "I think that's a highlight; we have a lot of discipline without having a lot of rules," said Thurman.

School board Chairman Tom Blankenship, in Louisville to officially award the plaque to Thurman, said he and school board members are proud of the program.

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