■ Twenty-five teachers recently earned National Board Certification, bringing the total to 187 throughout Fayette County Public Schools, including six already-certified teachers who joined the district this school year. National Board Certification generally takes one to three years to complete.
Those six are: Rebecca Erwin, Deep Springs Elementary; Kerry Hancock, STEAM Academy; Carla Horn, Dixie Magnet Elementary; Susan Martin, Picadome Elementary; Jody Powell, Winburn Middle School; and James Warthman, Beaumont Middle School.
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■ A coalition of Fayette County parents, community members and local education organizations have planned events designed to encourage Gov. Steve Beshear and the General Assembly to increase school funding as they craft the 2014-16 state budget. A Children's Advocacy Day rally at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort is planned for 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Another rally is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Wellington Elementary, 3280 Keithshire Way.
"Elementary and secondary education in our state is progressing, but that progress carries a cost in dollars and cents," said Liza Holland, past president of the 16th District PTA.
■ Registration is now open for the Walk it! Run it! Cure it! event March 22 at Keeneland. This second annual spring 5K is organized by FCPS All Together for a Cure, the Relay for Life team made up of Fayette County Public Schools employees. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Early-bird registration is $20 through January; afterwards, it's $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger, which includes a T-shirt.
The event is capped at 1,500 runners/walkers. Awards will be presented to the Top 10 women, Top 10 men, Top 10 children ages 11 to 14 and Top 10 children 10 and younger. Register at Fcpsalltogether.net/register.aspx.
■ This year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Poster and Essay Contest will add a category for digital submissions along with the traditional poster and essay competitions. The theme of this year's contest is Kentucky Farmers — Our American Heroes.
The digital category will accept photos, including those modified using Photoshop, and original digital artwork. The new category will be open to all Kentucky students, kindergarten through grade 12, and will present awards for the first- , second- , and third-place entries statewide. Entries must be submitted in printed form, accompanied by the high-resolution file in JPEG, PDF, or PNG formats.
The poster and essay contests also are open to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Statewide winners will be selected in each grade.
Each winner will receive $100 and will be recognized at the Kentucky Agriculture Day Celebration in April.
Students may submit either a poster, essay, or digital submission based on the contest theme. All artwork, photos, and writing must be exclusively student created. Essays, posters, and digital submissions will be featured in department publications and special events, including the 2014 Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville.
Entries must be submitted to the KDA and postmarked by March 7. Winners will be notified by March 17.
For more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, go to Kyagr.com/marketing/poster-essay-contest.html.
■ For the 21st consecutive year, the 16th District PTA will award college scholarships to outstanding seniors in Fayette County Public Schools' five high schools. Students with special needs may also apply, and students enrolled in other academic programs may apply through their home high school.
The scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need, academic achievement and contributions to the community through extracurricular activities. The amount of this year's awards depends on donations, but the PTA sets a minimum of $500.
Download an application from the Blue Grass Community Foundation at Bgcf.org/learn/how-to-receive/for-scholarship-seekers/. The deadline to apply is March 15. For application questions, contact Kassie Branham at (859) 225-3343. Winners will be notified this spring and recognized at the May 14 districtwide PTA luncheon.
■ The Kentucky Society of CPAs is accepting applications for its Educational Foundation scholarships through Feb. 7. Students studying accounting at Kentucky-based colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the scholarships. For more information or an online application, go to Kycpa.org or call (502) 266-5272 or 1-800-292-1754.
In 2013, KyCPA awarded $42,500 in scholarships to college students studying accounting on behalf of its Educational Foundation and other benefactors.
■ The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications from high school sophomores in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the 2014 Rogers Scholars program. Rogers Scholars provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities for students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The application deadline is Jan. 31. Applicants may download a copy of the 2014 Rogers Scholars application form from the Youth Programs at The Center for Rural Development website at Centeryouthprograms.com.
The Center prefers that applicants email their application forms and supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be mailed to the Rogers Scholars program, The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, Ky., 42501.
The 2014 dates for the Rogers Scholars program are June 22-27 and July 6-11. Rogers Scholars—The Center's flagship youth program—is provided free of charge to participants. Lodging and meals for the week are included in the program.
For more information on the application process or the Rogers Scholars program, contact Delaney Stephens at (606) 677-6000 or email email@example.com.