Promise Neighborhood kickoff events planned

A series of open houses will be offered at schools in the Berea College Knox Promise Neighborhood over the next few weeks to kick off the arrival of Neighborhood programming.

Promise Neighborhood provides funding for schools and community-based organizations to offer:

  • Early childhood development programs
  • Wellness and safety activities
  • Family engagement programming within schools
  • College and career exploration
  • Arts integration for academic support
  • Educational support for all children and youth within the Neighborhood – early childhood to age 24.

Open houses currently scheduled are:

Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., G.R. Hampton Elementary School

Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Corbin Intermediate Elementary School

Oct. 12, 11:30-1:00, Corbin High School

Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-noon, Corbin Middle School

Oct. 18, 1-5:30 p.m., Jesse D. Lay Elementary School

Oct. 24, Morning, Lynn Camp Elementary School

Oct. 27, Morning, Dewitt Elementary School

Oct. 27, Afternoon, Flat Lick Elementary School

Activities featured will range from placing painted rocks in a rock garden to visiting interactive informational tables to playing educational lawn games. For information about events at a specific school, contact Stacie Moses, program manager for integration, Berea College Partners for Education, at 859-200-1366.

Kick-off events are being planned for additional schools in the Knox Promise Neighborhood.

Berea College has been awarded Federal Promise Neighborhood funds by the U.S. Department of Education for the Knox Promise Neighborhood (2017-2021). The total project cost is $45 million of which $30 million (67 percent) comes from federal Promise Neighborhood funds and $15 million (33 percent) from non-federal funds.

The cradle-to-career initiative will serve more than 10,000 students in the Barbourville Independent, Corbin Independent and Knox County school districts.

Partners for Education at Berea College uses a place-based, student-focused approach to improve educational outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. By braiding services and aligning federal, state and private funding streams Partners for Education works to ensure all Appalachian students succeed at school.