Help Fund Project Graduation
Parents at Woodford County High School are busily preparing for Project Graduation, an event held yearly on graduation night to provide a safe, sober, fun-filled end to the high school experience. Area businesses provide door prizes for drawings to be held throughout the evening with the goal of each student coming away with a prize. Parents also provide food and organize games.
Ricardo's, 110 Frankfort Street, is assisting the parent group in its fundraising efforts by offering a percentage of the night’s receipts for every patron who mentions Project Graduation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 11.
Papa John's, 432 Lexington Road, is also assisting the fundraising efforts. During May, Project Graduation will receive a donation for every pizza box receipt for Papa John's pizza orders. Receipts can be turned in or mailed to the office at Woodford County High School, 180 Frankfort Street. The offer only applies to this Papa John's location. Call (859) 576-2725.
Midway College Receives Awards at Assembly
The Midway College Kentucky Education Association Student Program (KEA -SP) received three awards at the 2009 KEA Student Delegate Assembly.
Midway College KEA -SP President-Elect Lisa Montgomery was named Outstanding Local Leader. Chapter advisor Alison Critchfield nominated Montgomery, citing her outstanding volunteer service, including Learnapalooza, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Big 4 A Day event, working at the Scholastic Book Warehouse, Read Across America, and volunteering at an inner city school in Atlanta during the 2009 spring break.
“As Midway College KEA -SP Advisor, I have worked with many students over the years. Some truly stand out and Lisa does in so many ways. Lisa gets things done. She is the student that I turn to the most simply because she will follow through cheerfully, deliberately, and promptly,” Critchfield said.
Montgomery did not know that she had been nominated for the award, and says she was very surprised and honored to be named the Outstanding Local Leader. In addition to this award, Montgomery was awarded one of six Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins Scholarships from the Kentucky Education Association (KEA).
Also surprised with an award was advisor Alison Critchfield who was named Advisor of the Year for the second time at the Lexington ceremony. Critchfield describes being so excited to find out if Montgomery was named Outstanding Local Leader that she was startled when she heard her own name called for Advisor of the Year.
Critchfield and Montgomery say the award they are most proud of is the Outstanding Local Outreach award for their Learnapalooza program held during the Fall 2008 semester.
Montgomery brought the idea to Midway College after attending the KEA New Student Leadership Orientation Training last summer. Montgomery helped the chapter secure an National Education Association grant to fund the event, and helped organize the evening’s activities which included fifteen activity booths, a book walk, and food for the children and families. More than 100 people attended Learnapalooza, and thirty-five students volunteered with the activities.
There was no age limit for the event, and families appreciated the opportunity for a fun, safe, educational evening for all children and for the parents as well. “This is a critical project,” Critchfield said. “During these tough times, good clean fun is important for families.”
Coleman is Big Sister of the Year
Emily Coleman, director of student affairs for Midway College, received the Big Sister of the Year for School Programs Award on Tuesday, April 21. The award was presented during the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Bluegrass annual volunteer dinner at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington.
The award recognizes Coleman's commitment to BBBS through serving as a big sister to seven-year-old Haley, serving on the Woodford County BBBS Advisory Board, and developing a partnership between Midway College and BBBS. This partnership includes hosting Big 4 a Day events on campus in conjunction with the Ruth Slack Roach Program and increasing college student participation in the BBBS school mentoring program.
In addition to Coleman's Big Sister of the Year for School Programs award, Big Sister of the Year for the Community Program, Big Brother of the Year for School Programs, and Big Brother of the Year for the Community Program were also named. BBBS of the Bluegrass services a fourteen county region.