School News Sept 16



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The McCreary County Extension Service in collaboration with the PKI health and physical education teacher Justin Sims, presented healthier food options, and how to avoid fast foods that are loaded with calories.  They also demonstrated how to track their meals, and daily physical activities by using a simple chart to reference.


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Girl Scout Brownie Troop 7102 had a great day with Master Kenny Kidd at Whitley City Shaolin Kung Fu. Master Kenny tailored this class to specifically help our troop learn basic maneuvers in self-defense and self-protection. The girls are very appreciative of Master Kenny taking the time to make this class a wonderful and positive experience. Pictured from left to right- Anastazia Ross, Chloe Kidd, Gracie Shepherd, Master Kenny Kidd, Saralyn King and Lily Marnhout.

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The following students were winners of the Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center computer drawing, which was held during the Back to School Open House on Aug. 15th. The winners were Conner Griffis, Destiny Strunk, and Jonathan Starrett.

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Azalie Egnew, and Debra Sierens delivered donations of paper and ink pens to the Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center.  These donations were made possible by the Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  We are pleased with the support that the Churches, and other organizations provide to our PKI students.

County students graduate from Rogers Explorers program

McCreary County students Amber Bryant, Emily Bryant, and Laura Hamlin graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

The Rogers Explorers program is an educational leadership program that provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills. Graduates are encouraged to work toward pursuing careers in these in-demand career fields.

“This experience has meant so much to me,” Amber Bryant said. “I got to meet new people and learn new things. I really loved the science part. I’m glad I was a part of this amazing program.”

Nearly 180 middle school students attended this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants apply when they are in the eighth grade and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year.

“This year’s class of Rogers Explorers showed that there are many bright, young leaders in our region of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “By participating in this program, Explorers had the opportunity to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can positively impact our region while also getting a feel for what college life was like.”

The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.

Amber and Emily Bryant are the daughters of Gerald and Brenda Bryant of Marshes Siding. Hamlin is the daughter of Lucas and Misty Hamlin of Stearns.


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Whitley City Elementary school received a Reading Garden grant from Lowe’s.  This grant will add a beautiful addition to Whitley City Elementary and will give the WCE students and staff a nice, quiet, and relaxing place to enjoy their reading outdoors.


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Southland Dairy Farmers visited Whitley City Elementary school with their Mobile Dairy Classroom the first week in September.   They did a great job educating the students on the importance of dairy and dairy farmers.   The Mobile Classroom was a dynamic educational program that brought in a 32-foot mobile classroom that featured a fully operational milking parlor.  Each mobile classroom carries a live cow for the presentation.  The students at WCE enjoyed this educational demonstration and instruction.


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Patricia Burton with the Lake Cumberland Health Department, visited the Pine Knot Intermediate School 5th grade classroom students on Sept. 6th to speak with them about the 5210 Health Initiative.  These students will be given food vouchers in the spring of 2017 to use at a farmers market.  The Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center scheduled this program to help educate students about healthy lifestyle choices.

The PRIDE t-shirt contest is back! Help us celebrate 20 years!

Somerset, KY--PRIDE has been a driving force in environmental education in southern and eastern Kentucky for nearly two decades. Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary with our "Generation of Change" t-shirt contest.

Students from across PRIDE's 42 counties are invited to participate. To register, educators just need to go to our website<> and download a registration form letting us know how many students will be participating and we will mail them the t-shirt design entry forms. A registration form can also be requested by emailing<>.

“We are really excited to have students help us celebrate 20 years of PRIDE,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE President and CEO. “There are so many talented kids in our region. I can’t wait to see all the great designs!”

The deadline for student entries is October 14, so please submit your registration no later than September 23. The winning t-shirt design will be featured on our 2017 Spring Cleanup shirt, worn by thousands of PRIDE volunteers! Remember, the theme is "A Generation of Change." Please have designs reflect that theme.

FFA helps in premiere of "Generations"


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Some of McCreary Central FFA officers helped out at the Park Service movie "Generations" reveal Saturday night. (L-R) Tayshon Yancey, Katelynn Coffey, Jerrica Myers, Nathan Musgrove, Colby King, Tyler Wilson, Austin Tucker and Dustin Hines.

M.C.M.S. Art Club students visit KY State Fair

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McCreary County Middle School Students who took part in Art Clubs at PKI and WCE last year attended the KY State Fair. These students worked hard afterschool last year to make projects to enter in the county fair.  The winning projects were judged and on display.  Our students were able to see their own projects along with projects throughout the state.


Art for everyone

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Fourth grader Lucas Strunk recently attended Western Kentucky’s Explore Camp where he participated in many art activities.  Since Lucas loves art and wants everyone to participate in art, he came up with an idea to help provide art supplies to youngsters who can’t afford supplies.   Lucas recently placed one donation box at Pine Knot Primary School and one at Krogers so folks can drop off art supplies  for distribution to deserving children.  Lucas invites everyone to fill his donation boxes with supplies so more children can share in the joy of art.

Three students from McCreary County named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars

FRANKFORT — Lyndsey Pennington, Kristen Wilson and Ashlee Yancey, 2016 graduates of McCreary Central High School, have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

The designation honors the late state Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

KEES and other Kentucky student aid programs are administered by KHEAA. KEES awards are funded by net Kentucky lottery proceeds and may be used at most colleges and universities in Kentucky. In some cases, the award may be used at an out-of-state school if the major the student is pursuing is not available in Kentucky. No application is necessary for KEES awards.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.