In the spirit of serving others and giving back to the community, PartnerCorps members at Knox Central High School held a luncheon on Thursday, September 15 for local first responders following the 15th anniversary of September 11th and Patriot Day.
“Throughout this week we have had students fill out thank you cards for all the first responders in our community to let them know that we appreciate all their service and commitment,” said Carrie Root, one of the PartnerCorps members who coordinated the event.
With the Panther Battalion color guard presenting the flags, first responders were escorted to the school cafeteria where they enjoyed lunch with students. Also in attendance, both showing their appreciation and being shown appreciated for their own service to the community were local public officials.
“Overall it was a nice day for the students to see the faces of our first responders and be able to talk with them and just enjoy their presence,” said Root.
Among those the Barbourville City and Claiborne County Police Departments, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, Barbourville Fire Department, Stinking Creek Fire Rescue, Knox County EMS, Judge Executive’s office including J.M. Hall and Steve Warren, Knox County constables and Barbourville ARH hospital staff.
PartnerCorps members serve as a youth advocates at the high school, serving students and assisting them in navigating successfully through their educational journey. Events such as the first responders luncheon are among the ways that members contribute back to the community and encourage students to do the same. Members strive to develop a positive relationship with their assigned students, their families, and encourage students to become involved in activities, sports, clubs and the community.