Education notes: Jan. 19

■ The Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission has awarded Fayette County Public Schools a $20,755 grant for safety education. With the money, the district will buy about 60 durable bikes in Phase 2 of the plan "It's About Kids — Riding Bikes" and resource booklets. The bikes will rotate among schools for safety lessons, and physical-education teachers may reserve them for bicycle rodeos on field days.

Grants from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission are made possible by funds generated through the purchase of "Share the Road" license plates.

Kristin Ashford, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently received two awards in recognition of outstanding research and teaching skills.

Ashford received the 2010 Kentucky Nurses Association Education and Research Cabinet Nurse Researcher of the Year Award. Ashford's program of research focuses on prevention of preterm birth, including the effects of prenatal secondhand smoke exposure on maternal and infant outcomes.

Ashford also received the 2010 Outstanding Early Career Outstanding College/University Teacher Award from the Kentucky Academy of Science.

■ Three students from Morton Middle School swept the 2011 Unity Breakfast essay contest, which was open to sixth-graders throughout Fayette County.

Their one-page essays were based on the theme, "Unity: More Than a Concept — A Community Commitment."

Julia Glenn read her winning entry at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Monday.

Julia received a $500 U.S. savings bond for top honors. Austin Cooke, the runner-up, received a $300 savings bond, and Maggie McChesney received a $100 savings bond.

The contest was sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter Education Foundation.