■ Erin Keesey of Lexington recently participated in the CoOPERAtive Program, an opera training program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. She was one of 28 singers selected from hundreds from around the world who auditioned for the program.
The three-week intensive program helps young singers prepare for acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice programs and includes private coaching focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, and résumé and application advice.
To learn more about the CoOPERAtive Program go to Rider.edu/cooperative.
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■ This year's Leadership Lexington Youth Program class has 45 participants who were chosen after a competitive application process in the spring.
Participants will gather one day a month throughout the school year to interact with local leaders, discuss current issues, explore careers, and visit area businesses and post-secondary schools.
From Bryan Station High School: Adam Kline, Stephen Parsons and Nate White. From Henry Clay High School: Mary Chestnut, Virginia Hoyt, Kyvonne Lackey, Kelly Ren, Aula Said, Emily Stromberg and Eleana Thompson. From Lafayette High School: Andrea Bahbah, Evan Chethik, Darius Clay, Jamie Harvener, Alexandria Jackson, Lauren Jacoby and Elizabeth Mirsky. From Lexington Catholic: Andy Cloyd, Jennifer Hicks, Megan Hollembaek, Bernard Hughes, Elizabeth Samuel, Janey Scott and Caroline Simpson. From Lexington Christian Academy: Madelyn Schacht and Julie Sonday. From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Clint Bacon, Shannon Bruggeman, Mitchell Cooper, Madison Gilinsky, Aneesha Laugani, David Miller, Todd Montgomery, Miranda Richardson and Clay Winstead. From Sayre School: Madison Brotherton and George Chalhoub. From Tates Creek High School: Margeret Brenzel, Madelyn Culbertson, Savannah Dickson, Laura Greenfield, Jamie Gullo, Hunter Henrickson, Lauren Henrickson and Corrie van Gessel.
■ Fayette County Public Schools is offering a free series of Beginning Sign Language classes for families and community members, taught by Kelly Southgate.
The sessions are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 through Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 through 16. The class will meet in the annex library at "It's About Kids" Support Services, 701 East Main Street, except for Nov. 11, when the class will be in the annex cafeteria.
Class size is limited to 30, and participants must plan to attend all nine sessions. To register, call Monica Johnson at (859) 381-4182.
■ The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced a grant of $5,000 to the Kentucky Respiratory Disease Program to train elementary, middle and high school nurses on "Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Kentucky."
"Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease," said Connie Buckley, manager of the Kentucky Respiratory Disease Program, a program of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. "Approximately 12.8 million schools days are missed due to asthma in the United States. The goal for this project is to provide a healthier environment for children with asthma while at school."
About 250 school nurses across the state will gather for training on how to use "Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Kentucky," a guide developed by the Kentucky Respiratory Disease Program that will provide schools with a resource on asthma policies and protocols. The guide outlines seven steps for schools to take to provide a more ideal environment for students with asthma.