■ Winners of the Kentucky Department of Education's annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest include 8-year-old Gabriella Rivera, a third-grader at Mary Todd Elementary School in Lexington. Her colorful crayon drawing illustrated the theme for 2015: "Bully-Free Zone!"
Entries were judged at the local district level, and the first-place winners of each category were then judged at the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation and Student Transportation Association of Kentucky conferences. Gabriella and Kentucky's two other division winners now advance to in the nationwide poster contest. The ultimate winning entry will be used to promote National School Bus Safety Week.
Kentucky's 2016 contest runs Sept. 1 until May 1, and the theme is "Stop on Red!" All schools are eligible to hold a poster contest and submit their first-place winners to the Pupil Transportation Section of KDE for state-level judging. For questions, contact Elisa Hanley at (502) 564-5279, Ext. 4406.
■ Five groups from Fayette County Public Schools have earned invitations to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association's 2016 professional development conference Feb. 4 and 5 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. They are:
Edythe J. Hayes Middle School's seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, led by Sara Francis and Laura Summers; Jessie Clark Middle's orchestra, guided by Michelle Hudson, Phil Kent and Laura Fallon; Bryan Station High's advanced orchestra, directed by Pat Price and Kelly Mayes; Lafayette High's wind symphony, led by Chuck Smith; and Henry Clay High's jazz ensemble, directed by William Kite. For more information, go to Kmea.org/conference.
■ Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University's vice president for academic affairs, has been named to the Education Professional Standards Board. Hedgepath represents chief academic officers and will serve until Sept. 18, 2018. Hedgepath became academic vice president in July. She replaced Frank Cheatham, who retired after 42 years at Campbellsville University. Prior to her new position, Hedgepath served as dean of the Campbellsville University School of Education.
■ Lacey Parham of Owensboro Community and Technical College and Venus Evans of Somerset Community College have been selected to serve one-year terms on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents.
The two were chosen by the KCTCS college student body presidents or their designee at the annual student body presidents' meeting Aug. 4. Their terms begin immediately and continue through August 2016.
■ Eastern Kentucky University faculty member Siwei Gao has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association. Gao, assistant professor of risk management and insurance in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, is among 24 board members chosen from around the world to serve three-year terms on the board of the association, which is headquartered in Singapore.
■ Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30 for the fourth annual Alltech Corporate Career Development Program. Recent graduates of bachelor's or master's degree programs may apply for the program, which begins in February.
Opportunities are available for 10 high-calibre university graduates hoping to work with experts in the fields of science, aquaculture, agriculture, marketing, sales, veterinary science, information technology, business and biotechnology.
The 12-month, salaried mentorship program will begin with an intensive training period at Alltech's global headquarters in Nicholasville, where graduates will study topics including sustainable energy, communications, marketing and international business. Following this, they will continue training and development while simultaneously managing key company projects in one of the company's global offices, guided and mentored by senior management.
Interested graduates should be strong team players, with excellent communication skills and fluent in English, with another language as an added advantage. Apply at Alltech.com/about/careers/alltech-career-development-program.
■ Hospice of the Bluegrass is providing grief training and tools to approximately 65 school personnel from 50 Fayette County Public Schools. The Grief Support Project helps them learn to support children as they navigate grief and loss following the death of a loved one, teacher, coach or peer.
Hospice was able to create a toolkit for each school, Helping Grieving Students: Resources for School Personnel, and conduct training thanks to a grant from the Thomson R. Bryant Jr. and Betty R. Bryant Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation.
■ Students in 137 Kentucky elementary schools will enjoy fresh produce during the 2015-16 school year as part of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Ten sites in Fayette County Public Schools are among them: Arlington, Booker T. Washington Primary Academy, Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Harrison, James Lane Allen, Mary Todd, Russell Cave and William Wells Brown.
The program, implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides all children in participating schools with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. Selection was based on applications from schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and that have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free/reduced-price meals. Kentucky received $2.95 million in funding for the 2015-16 school year, and each school will receive about $50 per student.
■ Fayette County Public Schools volunteer program helps to develop a community that has a positive effect on student outcomes. Volunteer opportunities vary by school and are open to parents, families, community members, businesses and organizations. As required, the Family and Community Engagement Office provides orientation packets for volunteers who have contact with students on a regularly scheduled or continuing basis. Districtwide training is offered to review the materials. These sessions cover such areas as volunteer categories, background checks, pertinent policies and safety/emergency procedures.
The 2015-16 training sessions start at 6 p.m. at central office, 701 E. Main Street, in conference room C. Volunteers should attend the most convenient date before the start of volunteer service: Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29 or Jan. 28.