Stop V Introduces ‘Too Good for Drugs’ Program to Middlesboro Elementary Second Graders

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Stop V Introduces ‘Too Good for Drugs’ Program to Middlesboro Elementary Second Graders Evelyn Bailey working with a student to fill out her Too Good For Drugs workbook. Middlesboro, KY – Second grade students at Middlesboro Elementary School recently completed  a program called “Too Good for Violence.” This innovative curriculum is designed to promote  character values, […]

‘Healing Tree’ breathes life into the community of Hazard, Kentucky

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‘Healing Tree’ breathes life into the community of Hazard, Kentucky The Healing Tree in Hazard, Kentucky. In the Appalachian town of Hazard, Kentucky, a tree stands on Main Street: its trunk as strong as steel, its leaves unchanging. The metal sculpture embodies a complex, multi-layered story of loss, grief, hope, and the unwavering resilience of […]

Clear Vision, Bright Futures: Leslie County Schools Focus on Vision Issues

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Clear Vision, Bright Futures: Leslie County Schools Focus on Vision Issues Students received vision exams from UPike College of Optometry students Leslie County, KY – During the last two weeks of school in Kentucky, all students in grades 3-8, 10, and 11 take the required Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA). This important academic milestone, along with […]

Applications for the Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit now open

Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit: Addressing today's challenges with tomorrow's leaders

Applications for the Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit now open The Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit (AYLS) is searching for passionate 10th and 11th-grade students from the 42 Kentucky school districts served by the Appalachian Cradle to Career Partnership, along with Claiborne County, TN & Lee County, VA, to gather at Lincoln Memorial University in Claiborne County, […]

Nurturing Local Talent: How Leslie County is Shaping the Future of Education

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Nurturing Local Talent: How Leslie County is Shaping the Future of Education In an innovative effort to address the nation’s pressing teacher shortage, the Leslie County Area Technology Center, in collaboration with the Leslie County School District, is charting a new course. In collaboration with Partners for Rural Impact Appalachia and LKLP Community Action Council, […]

First African American Alumni Career Fair brings 27 MHS grads back to alma mater

First African American Alumni Career Fair brings 27 MHS grads back to alma mater Buffy Dunnaville, Gear UP Program Manager, welcomes students to the first annual African American Career Fair Last Friday marked a historic event at Middlesboro High School as 27 alumni returned to their alma mater for the inaugural African American Alumni Career […]

PRI Appalachia and Grace Health Transform Dental Care Access in Leslie County

It’s hard to focus on learning when your head is pounding with a toothache. Speaking up in class can be tough when you are self-conscious about your smile. Thanks to a collaborative effort from Partners for Rural Impact, Grace Community Health, and the support of a longtime regional funder that wishes to remain anonymous, hundreds […]

Hayden Boyd’s Innovative Journey to Success

AppC2C’s newest partner, the Thompson Scholars Foundation, is celebrating another year of success and milestones. Among these is the story of Hayden Boyd—a shining example of the resilience, determination and strength found in every TSF scholar.  Since Hayden was not enrolled in public school and needed a pathway to graduation, Thompson Scholars piloted a hybrid […]

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 […]