Danville Superintendent Bob Rowland announced Saturday that Danville Kids University has won the prestigious Star Award for innovative education from the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of School Administrators. The program now is in line for a national award from the AASA; it will vie for the award with programs from the 49 other states.
"The award brings with it a lot of prestige and a significant amount of money," Rowland said.
The superintendent made the announcement during a commencement address to DKU's second graduating class in a ceremony at Bate Middle School. Seventy-three students graduated.
DKU already has been honored by the Kentucky Community Education Conference, which has given it a major award. Danville officials involved with the program will make a special presentation at the National Community Education Conference on Dec. 3.
DKU is an eight-week program for third- and fourth-grade high achievers in the Danville district who are interested in bolstering their academic skills. The program, which is staffed by half a dozen teachers and several student mentors, is held Saturdays at Bate. The program began last school year as a pilot project but recently received a $169,000 grant that will fund it this school year and the next two school years.