From Gridiron to Graduation: A Coach’s Impact on Student Success

From working at flea markets with his family to leading his high school football team to victory, Clark Payne learned the value of hard work early on. Today, his strong work ethic and enthusiasm for helping others guide him in his work as Full-Service Community Schools Coordinator at Middlesboro High School, where he makes a […]

Thompson Scholars: Achieving Excellence Through Equity for Appalachian Youth

Nestled in the hills of Manchester, Kentucky, sits an A-frame house with a gorgeous mountain view from the front window. But the most charming thing is what’s inside. This is no ordinary home: within its walls, you’ll find classrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dedicated team of staff on a mission to serve the […]

Promise Neighborhood Alum Empowering the Next Generation

When Jackson County native McKenzie Peters was a student at Tyner Elementary School, she couldn’t have imagined someday being a Partners for Rural Impact legacy. Peters, who was a student during the first Promise Neighborhood grant, is the new Full-Service Community Schools Coordinator at Tyner. Peters’ employer, Partners for Rural Impact (formerly Partners for Education), […]