■ Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky, was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, along with two University of Kentucky freshmen, Lindsey Austin and Gary Hermann, for their work with eighth graders at Christ the King School and freshmen at Tates Creek High School.
The group drafted the Henry Clay-Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Education Act for Kentucky as part of a "super" Project Citizen for the Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education (KACE). The draft bill will be introduced in the next legislative session in Frankfort.
Also honored as Colonels by Secretary of State Elaine Walker were teachers Kelley West at Christ the King and Jennifer Fraker at Tates Creek. Their students were honored as Commonwealth Ambassadors, the highest civilian honor in the state for those under 18 years of age.
■ Lee Bamberger, a gifted and talented services resource specialist in Fayette County Public Schools, has received the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education's 2011 Service and Advocacy Award. The KAGE presented her the statewide honor at its annual conference in February.
■ The Sayre School Diversity Committee hosted the fourth annual Kentucky Association of Independent Schools Students of Color and Diversity Conference Feb. 26.
Approximately 50 Sayre students, as well as the same number of students from around the state, participated in the day-long event that included a keynote address by James Chambers, assistant vice president for student rights and responsibilities at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Students also enjoyed a variety of workshops, affinity group meetings, performances by local entertainers, food and time for making and strengthening relationships with peers. The goal of the conference was to address the unique needs, experiences and issues that students of color encounter in independent schools so that when they return to their home schools, they are empowered to become shaping members of those institutions.
■ Kentucky State Police are looking for fifth-grade artists to compete in the National Missing Children's Day poster contest sponsored by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
KSP will select a nominee from Kentucky and forward it to the DOJ, and one poster from all state-nominated entries will be selected as a winner. The artist of the national winning poster will win a free trip to Washington and participate in the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony and will receive an award and a U.S. savings bond.
The Kentucky nominee will receive an Award of Excellence from KSP and the student's poster will be prominently displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in KSP's Safety Town Exhibit.
The theme for the contest is "Bring Our Missing Children Home." Many schools incorporate this campaign as part of a lesson plan in the classroom.
Last year in Kentucky, 1,574 children were reported missing. As of Feb. 16, there have been 254 children reported missing in Kentucky. Nationally, 800,000 children are reported missing every year.
KSP contest guidelines and information can be found on their Web site at Kentuckystatepolice.org.
Poster entries should be mailed to Kentucky State Police by April 4 to the KSP Public Affairs Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. For more information, contact the branch at (502) 782-1781.