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Family Matters JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND POVERTY PROGRAMS

February 2018

A PUBLICATION OF THE 15TH DISTRICT PTA

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Celebrating Reflections Show Your PTA Shadow PTA Awards

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15th District PTA Contact List 2017-18

FROM THE PRESIDENT

President Autumn Neagle

I am not sure if the groundhog saw his shadow or not, but I do know it is time to make sure that your Parent Teacher Association (PTA) shadow is being felt. How do you show your shadow? Here are five great ways to show your shadow this month:

President-Elect Adam Kesler

• Show your shadow by being an advocate in your government. This means making your voice heard by calling, emailing, and/or meeting with your representatives. You can also sign up for National PTA Alerts to let you know to contact your national representatives when educational items come up for a vote. Check it out at www.pta.org/takeaction. You can contact your Kentucky state representatives and ask them to vote for things you may be passionate about, whether it is School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council, pension, or education funding. Lastly, don’t forget your school board or your school. Your school board member is making decisions that affect your school. Keep up with what is going on, and let your voice be the shadow of change. • Let your shadow show in the membership numbers your school turns in this month. Membership awards are calculated next month, so make sure you do another membership push to get your numbers up. Remember, membership shows how strong and powerful we are—being one voice that cares about our children’s education. • If you want your shadow to show for years to come, then apply for an award from 15th District PTA or Kentucky PTA. Check it out at www.15thdistrictpta.org/awards.

arkesler24@gmail.com (502) 413-1639

First Vice President—Program Sienna G. Newman sgnewman77@gmail.com (502) 410-9117

Second Vice President—Membership R. Shawn Summerville daaville@yahoo.com (502) 386-1455

Third Vice President—Ways and Means Eddie Squires pta.eddie@gmail.com (502) 930-3516

Fourth Vice President—Communication Liz Cannon Anncannon1968@gmail.com (502) 905-1233

Legislative Chair Taylor Everett

teverett@teachfund.com (502) 640-8323

• If you know any high school seniors, encourage them to apply for the Evangeline J. Sansome Scholarship. The application is available online at www.15thdistrictpta.org/scholarship.

Nutrition Initiatives Coordinator Andrea Wright

• Lastly, your shadow will show the brightest and deepest when it surrounds our students. Be the shadow that pushes them to succeed and is there to hug them when they fail. After all, failure is just a stepping-stone to success. Show them how to reach that stepping-stone.

FRYSC Director Adrian Oldham

I look forward to seeing many shadows cross the paths of your students this month as they continue their educational journey. I also want to hear how your shadows are making a difference. Please feel free to contact me with your stories, questions, or comments.

Autumn Neagle

Autumn Neagle, President (502) 718-2590 | 15thdistrictpta.president@gmail.com

Calendar of Events

andrea.wright@jefferson.kyschools.us (502) 485-3199

adrian.oldham@jefferson.kyschools.us (502) 485-3703

Male Engagement Cliff Irons

ironsclifford@gmail.com (502) 807-5695

Teacher Representative Jennifer Freeman

jennifer.freeman@jefferson.kyschools.us (502) 485-8323

Student Representative Alexis Reece Treasurer Brittney Bolyard

15thdistrictpta.treasurer@gmail.com

February

March

2 ������������������ Title I Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting 7 ������������������ 15th District PTA Spelling Bee 10 ����������������� ACT Test 13 ����������������� Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) Meeting 14 ����������������� Middle and high school grading period ends. 14 ����������������� Valentine’s Day 15 ����������������� Kentucky/National Membership Dues Payment 17 ����������������� PTA Founders Day 19 ����������������� Presidents’ Day 23 ���������������� Middle and High School Report Card Distribution 27 ���������������� JCBE Meeting

1 ������������������ Application Deadline for 15th District PTA Outstanding Awards 1 ������������������ Self Esteem Award Application Deadline 8 ������������������ Title I PAC Meeting 9 ������������������ Elementary grading period ends. 10 ����������������� SAT Test 11 ����������������� Daylight saving time begins. 13 ����������������� JCBE Meeting 15 ���������������� Application Deadline for Kentucky PTA Outstanding Awards 15 ����������������� Evangeline J. Sansome Scholarship Application Deadline 15 ����������������� Kentucky/National Membership Dues Payment 21 ���������������� Elementary Report Card Distribution 27 ���������������� JCBE Meeting 30 ���������������� Middle and high school grading period ends.

Cover art is by Mackenzie Smith of duPont Manual High. See the story on page four. 2

(502) 718-2590 15thDistrictPTA.President@gmail.com

Secretary Anna Elder

15thDistrictPTA.Secretary2017@gmail.com (502) 432-3023

Past President Heather Wampler

hkwampler@gmail.com (502) 671-9451

Parliamentarian Sharon Whitworth swhitwo1@aol.com (502) 592-4185

JCPS Parent Relations Justin Willis

justin.willis@jefferson.kyschools.us (502) 439-8782

Title I Representative Zina Harris zyt.hars27@gmail.com (502) 807-1878

Recycling Chair Sharon Kesler

sharonkesler24@gmail.com (502) 413-1652

High School and Scholarship Chair Robin Weiss robin.e.weiss@gmail.com (502) 314-2401


How can I save for my child’s college education? Once you’ve determined how much it could cost to send your children to college, your next prudent step is to develop a systematic investment plan that may help you to accumulate the necessary funds.

What are your funding options? Which would be appropriate for your situation? We’ve listed several below, along with a brief description of each.

Universal life insurance

Universal life insurance policies build cash value through regular premiums and grow at competitive rates. These policies carry a death benefit. In addition to providing cash to your heirs in the event of your death, this death benefit gives universal life insurance policies their tax-free status. Money can usually be withdrawn from these contracts through policy loans, often at no interest. These withdrawals may reduce the policy’s death benefit.

Zero-coupon bonds

Zero-coupon bonds represent the ownership of principal payments on U.S. government note or bonds. Unlike traditional bonds, zero-coupon bonds make no periodic interest payments. Instead, they are purchased at a substantial discount and pay face value at maturity. The value of these bonds is subject to market fluctuation. Their prices tend to be more volatile than bonds that pay interest regularly. And even though no income is paid, the inherent interest is still taxable annually as ordinary income.

Mutual funds

Mutual funds are established by an investment company by pooling the monies of many different investors and then investing that money in a diversified portfolio of securities. These securities are selected to meet the specific goals of the fund. The

value of mutual fund shares fluctuates with market conditions so that, when sold, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Mutual funds are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.

Independent college 500-indexed certificates of deposit The I.C. 500 is the College Board’s index of college inflation based on a survey of the costs at 500 independent colleges and universities. I.C. 500-indexed Certificates of Deposit are a relatively new funding vehicle offered by a few savings institutions. Their rate of return is linked to the I.C. 500 index.

Section 529 plans

Section 529 Plans are also known as Qualified Tuition Plans. These state-sponsored and college-sponsored plans offer higher contributions than Coverdell IRAs along with tax-deferred accumulation. Once withdrawals begin, they are tax exempt as long as the funds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

This information is provided by James L. Marshall Jr., president of Marshall Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm. Marshall is an alumnus of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Valley High. Marshall is married to Donna Lacy Marshall. The couple has two daughters, Zoe and Ava, and the family lives in Houston.

As with other investments, there are generally fees and expenses associated with participation in a Section 529 savings plan. In addition, there are no guarantees regarding the performance of the underlying investments in Section 529 plans. The tax implications of a Section 529 savings plan should be discussed with your legal and/ or tax advisors because they can vary significantly from state to state. Also note that most states offer their own Section 529 plans, which may provide advantages and benefits exclusively for their residents and taxpayers. Before investing in a 529 savings plan, please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully. The official disclosure statements and applicable prospectuses, which contain this and other information about the investment options and underlying investments, can be obtained by contacting your financial professional. You should read this material carefully before investing. v

The information in this newsletter is not intended as tax, legal, investment, or retirement advice or recommendations, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek advice from an independent professional advisor. The content is derived from sources believed to be accurate. Neither the information presented nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. This material was written and prepared by Broadridge Advisor Solutions. © 2018 Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. 3


Reflections celebrates

student creativity

JCPS families gathered on Thursday, December 14, to celebrate the achievements of students in all grade levels and abilities in the 2017-18 15th District PTA Reflections Student Art Awards and Exhibition.

Sofia DeVenuto, DuPont Manual High—Creative Interpretation Award, Photography

A total of 267 students from 37 schools submitted entries into the annual program, which this year had the theme of “Within Reach.” A total of 134 entries were honored at the district level in 6 categories: visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, dance choreography, and film production. There were 32 entries—those that were honored with the Creative Interpretation Award—that progressed to the Kentucky PTA for statewide judging.

Natalie Keckler, Crosby Middle— Creative Interpretation Award, Photography

Reflections Winners

Reflections is a national PTA program that encourages students from kindergarten through grade twelve to

Visual Arts Primary

Preschool–Grade 2 Creative Interpretation

Victoria Tianyi Fu Dunn Elementary Ting Chen Farmer Elementary

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit

Nevaeh Mosley Camp Taylor Elementary Milan Capistrano Norton Elementary Brody Wathen Bowen Elementary

Award of Merit

Maddie Kaiser Dunn Elementary Bria Soni Lowe Elementary

Preschool–Grade 2 Creative Interpretation Josiah Sherman Camp Taylor Elementary

Award of Excellence

Demiyah White Camp Taylor Elementary Mileena Morris Camp Taylor Elementary

Intermediate Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation Katie Ross Nelson Dunn Elementary

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Mira B. Matthews Dunn Elementary

Parth P. Kataria Lowe Elementary

Special Artist

Parth Kataria, Lowe Elementary— Creative Interpretation Award, Visual Arts

Award of Excellence

Emerson Ward Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School

create works of art and have them judged based on technical merit and attention to an annual theme. A panel of judges included active and retired JCPS employees and representatives of the KMAC Museum and Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery. Families attending the awards program and exhibition watched as students were each called to the stage at Sallie Phillips Durrett Auditorium and honored for their individual merits. The entries were displayed in two large rooms next door to the stage, allowing families and students to browse artwork on display and see their pieces displayed with others. The art exhibition, along with cookies and punch, created a festive celebration for students’ creative productions. The students honored on December 14 are as follows: Zach Probus Meyzeek Middle Jayela Davis Newburg Middle

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Kilee Rohr-Carrasquillo Pleasure Ridge Park High Jasmine Lewis Pleasure Ridge Park High

Katelynn Linet Crosby Middle

Macey Richardson Pleasure Ridge Park High

Alina Saitova Crosby Middle

Special Artist

Special Artist

Grades 9–12

Creative Interpretation

Montzerrat Ramon Camp Taylor Elementary

Grades 6–8

Special Artist

Ella Wright Jefferson County Traditional Middle

Award of Excellence

Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation

Award of Excellence

Jacob Pritchett Churchill Park

Hussein Khamis Camp Taylor Elementary

Award of Excellence Noah Weaver Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Kimberly C. Ortiz Camp Taylor Elementary

Creative Interpretation

Sajjad Saadi Churchill Park Kendrell Ray Churchill Park

Makayla Maddox Meyzeek Middle

Hayley Reed Noe Middle

Abhay Madhavarapu DuPont Manual High

Preschool–Grade 2

Middle

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit

Creative Interpretation Mackenzie Smith DuPont Manual High

Sowmyan Viswanathan Meyzeek Middle

Ryan McCarrick Churchill Park

Photography

Grades 9–12

Creative Interpretation

Caleb Maddox Seneca High

High

Ke Asia Porter Binet School

Grades 6–8

Tyler Buster Pleasure Ridge Park High

Award of Excellence Destinee Matsoumou Seneca High Makenna Schibler DuPont Manual High Grady Gartland DuPont Manual High

Primary

Creative Interpretation Ruthie Nelson Dunn Elementary

Award of Excellence Madelyn Glassner Lowe Elementary

Cora Weaver Wilkerson Traditional Elementary


Noah Townsley Jeffersontown Elementary

Taylor Currie DuPont Manual High

Award of Merit

Tiffany Hull Pleasure Ridge Park High

Zyion Harbin Chancey Elementary Scarlet Hunt Chenoweth Elementary

Intermediate Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation

Award of Merit

Cassidy Given Louisville Male High Sneha Patil DuPont Manual High

Literature

Willa Perito Dunn Elementary

Primary

Award of Excellence

Creative Interpretation

Nimisha Shibu Brandeis Elementary Erin Williams Bowen Elementary

Samuel Deetsch Chenoweth Elementary

Award of Merit

Mali Bucher Dunn Elementary Jake Rydberg Stopher Elementary

Special Artist Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation Kaylin Schmitt Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Award of Excellence Noah Weaver Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Preschool–Grade 2 Lily Spivey Lowe Elementary

Award of Excellence Hazel Murphy Field Elementary

Middle

Grades 6–8 Creative Interpretation Christopher Brown Crosby Middle

Eleanor Givan Chancey Elementary

Award of Excellence

Middle

Nicki Kaplan Noe Middle

Connor Kane Meyzeek Middle Allie Senn Noe Middle

Award of Merit Suchita Tipirneni Meyzeek Middle

High

Grades 9–12 Creative Interpretation

Paul Colliver Dunn Elementary

Faith Evanson DuPont Manual High

Braydyn Caldwell Alex R. Kennedy Elementary

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit

Cassidy Given Louisville Male High

Isaiah Cooksey Hawthorne Elementary

Danielle Polion Seneca High

Evelyn Watson Bowen Elementary

Mayukha Bhamidipati DuPont Manual High

Intermediate

Award of Merit

Grades 3–5

Kaelyn Harris DuPont Manual High

Creative Interpretation

Special Artist

Joshua Kepnes Stopher Elementary

Award of Excellence

Eva Sautter Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School

Grades 9–12

Creative Interpretation

Grades 6–8 Creative Interpretation Nick Schumacher Crosby Middle

Tyler Buster, Pleasure Ridge Park High— Creative Interpretation Award, Visual Arts, Special Artist

High

Grades 9–12 Creative Interpretation Kylie McGuffey DuPont Manual High

Award of Excellence William J. French DuPont Manual High Dylan Shade DuPont Manual High Jameka Redden Seneca High

Dance Choreography Primary

Preschool–Grade 2 Creative Interpretation Ian Cook Chenoweth Elementary

Award of Excellence Mia Pryor Chancey Elementary

Ruthie Nelson, Dunn Elementary— Creative Interpretation Award, Photography

Middle

Intermediate

Creative Interpretation

Creative Interpretation

Lauren Rowe Meyzeek Middle

Katie Ross Nelson Dunn Elementary

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Phillip McGarry Noe Middle

Noah Fossett Bowen Elementary

Levi Maynard Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School

Grades 6–8

Middle

Hayleigh Tuten Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Summer Reilly DuPont Manual High

Anna Weisenbarger Dunn Elementary

Morgann Lazrovitch Crosby Middle

Hannah Cooksey Hawthorne Elementary

Award of Excellence

Creative Interpretation

Michael Marler DuPont Manual High

Intermediate

High

Grades 6–8 Natalie Keckler Crosby Middle

Award of Excellence Allie Senn Noe Middle

Sharayu Deo Meyzeek Middle Madeline Schulte Crosby Middle

Award of Merit Kameron Bennett Noe Middle

Savannah Townsley Jeffersontown Elementary

Ali F. Rayburn DuPont Manual High

Award of Merit

Brandon Warren DuPont Manual High

Taylor Thompson Bowen Elementary Sage Snyder Norton Elementary

Special Artist Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation

John Woodhouse Kammerer Middle

Duncan Huntley Kennedy Montessori Elementary

High

Award of Excellence

Grades 9–12 Creative Interpretation

Dallana Orantes Herrarte Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Award of Excellence

Dylan Jackson Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Sofia DeVenuto DuPont Manual High

Noah Salmon Pleasure Ridge Park High

Music Composition

Grades 3–5

Creative Interpretation Channing Rivera Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School

Award of Excellence Jordan Svoboda Chancey Elementary

Primary

Noelia Barnes Norton Elementary

Creative Interpretation

Erin Novak Bowen Elementary

Preschool–Grade 2 Caedym T. Huntley Kennedy Montessori Elementary

Intermediate

Award of Merit

Isabella Finley Camp Taylor Elementary

Grades 9–12

Wyatt Willis Norton Elementary

Creative Interpretation

Award of Merit

Haylee Richter DuPont Manual High

Stephen Moon Dunn Elementary

Award of Excellence

Middle

Avery McGhee DuPont Manual High

Emma Martinez-Morrison DuPont Manual High Ja’Naye Flanagan Pleasure Ridge Park High

Film Production Primary

Grades 3–5

Gracie Noe Camp Taylor Elementary

Creative Interpretation

Special Artist

Creative Interpretation

Grades 3–5

Cason Cherry Cochran Elementary

Creative Interpretation

Award of Excellence

Rehan Shaikh Dunn Elementary

Award of Excellence Ethan Tang Dunn Elementary

Dallana Orantes Herrarte Wilkerson Traditional Elementary

Grades 3–5

Preschool–Grade 2

Grades 6–8 Creative Interpretation Mason Friedman Noe Middle

High

Grades 9–12 Creative Interpretation India Smith DuPont Manual High

Award of Excellence Kortney Smith Ballard High Kaeli Riggs Seneca High

Isabella West Dunn Elementary

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Scholarships for Seniors Did you know that all eligible high school seniors can apply for the Evangeline J. Sansome Scholarship through the 15th District PTA?

The 15th District PTA encourages schools to participate in National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week, which will be observed from Sunday, February 11, through Saturday, February 17. This week encourages family engagement in education and helps build partnerships among families, teachers, and administrators. More than 40 years of research shows that when families are engaged and families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve, and communities grow stronger. The timing of the week honors the day National PTA was founded—on February 17, 1897. For information or promotional materials about how your PTA/ Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) could participate, visit www.pta.org/home/events/PTA-Take-Your-Family-toSchool-Week. If your school or PTA/PTSA participates in this, please share items on social media and tag @KY15thDistPTA.

Grants available National PTA and Microsoft are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Grants, sponsored by Microsoft, will award $1,000 to 35 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Tech Night in the spring of 2018. This Tech Night event will bring students and families together either to learn exciting new Minecraft coding skills or to build a robotic finger (two different program models). For more information, visit www.pta.org/home/programs/stem/tech-nights.

Save the Date

The 15th District PTA Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 10, at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway. This event is an opportunity for PTAs/PTSAs and school administrators to celebrate accomplishments for the year. More information about ticket prices and reservations will be available in March. Please plan for your PTA/PTSA and other special guests to join this festive banquet. 6

This annual set of scholarships varies in amount and number every year based on the amount of money available, but in past years, it’s been valued at $1,700, with more than 15 scholarships awarded. Students must be a member of a PTSA that is in compliance and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7. Scholarship applications should be postmarked by Thursday, March 15, to qualify. To learn more about this scholarship or to submit an application, visit www.15thdistrictpta.org/programs/scholarships/. Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D. Scholarship Chair

PTA Founders Day

February 17 is officially PTA Founders Day. So what exactly is PTA Founders Day? It is a great day to celebrate the beginning of PTA and the history of this great organization. PTA was founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. In 1970, the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, founded by Selena Sloan Butler, merged with the National Congress of Mothers to serve all children. We think of these three women as the founders of today’s National PTA.

So how do you as a local unit celebrate? That is completely up to you and can be as simple or elaborate as you decide. Here are some ideas to help you get started: • If your school has a television program or a way to share videos as a school, think about running the National PTA 2017 Founders Day video. It is on National PTA’s site at www.pta.org/home/About-National-Parent-Teacher -Association/Mission-Values/National-PTA-History. • Make an announcement over the intercom during morning announcements. Tell the history and how proud you are to be a PTA school. • Display your own PTA history at your school on the bulletin board. Be proud of your past. • Hand out PTA pencils, and tie the message with it. Also think about asking what students like best about your PTA or what they would like to see. PTA pencils can be purchased on Kentucky PTA’s website at www.kypta.org. • You can always do a volunteer lunch and celebrate all the volunteers who participate with your PTA. DuPont Manual High does this type of event every year. There are more ideas at www.simplycircle.com/pta-foundersday/. The most important thing is to recognize those who helped start this wonderful program that you are a part of!


Apply for Awards and Scholarships

Did you know that the 15th District PTA and Kentucky PTA give out awards and scholarships every year? If not, then you are missing a great opportunity for us to recognize your PTA. The 15th District PTA gives out the awards at the awards banquet, which is held in May. The Kentucky PTA gives the awards out at the Kentucky PTA conference in July. Here is a list of awards, their application due dates, and a little information about them.

Kentucky PTA Awards

Application deadline of March 15 • Outstanding Classified Personnel Award—Is your school’s classified personnel really awesome? Do the custodial staff, food service staff, bus driver, or secretary do an awesome job of supporting your PTA? The following Kentucky PTA Awards have the same criteria as the 15th District PTA Awards:

Kentucky PTA Awards

• Outstanding Educator Award

Application deadline: February 15

• Outstanding School Nurse Award

• Self Esteem Award for elementary and middle/high—This award allows students to express what makes them feel special.

• Outstanding Male Involvement/Participation Award

• “Christa McAuliffe” Rising Star Award—This award recognizes students who have successfully worked through obstacles to improve their performance in school, character, and self-esteem.

• Outstanding Volunteer Participation Award

15th District PTA Awards

• Outstanding Local Unit Website Award

Application deadline: March 1

• Sharon Whitworth Advocacy Award—Do you have an advocate who is always speaking up for students? Does he or she know what is going on in Frankfort and keep you informed? • Special Projects or Programs—Did your PTA do a project or program this year that everyone is still talking about? Tell us, and we might want to talk about it too! • Hall of Fame Educator—This award is for an educator who brings PTA/PTSA members into innovative programs, encourages PTA involvement and support, or uses special techniques to motivate students. Is there anyone in your school who fits the bill? • Outstanding School Nurse—Does your school nurse rock? If so, then nominate him or her for Outstanding School Nurse! • Outstanding Membership Campaign—Was your membership campaign awesome this year? Tell us about it! • Outstanding Local Unit Website—Is your school’s website the foundation where your parents go for information on your PTA? • Outstanding Local Unit Social Media—Does your PTA use social media to get parents involved? • Outstanding Local Unit Newsletter—Is your PTA newsletter hitting a home run with parents? • Outstanding Male Involvement/Participation—Did your PTA find a way to increase male participation? Did your PTA design or have a great male involvement project? • Volunteer Participation Award—Does your PTA do an outstanding job of recruiting and retaining volunteers? If so, then let us know about it. • Outstanding Volunteer Award—We already know volunteers are awesome, but is there one who goes above and beyond? If you apply for one of the above awards from the 15th District PTA, then don’t forget to also apply for one from the Kentucky PTA.

• Outstanding Volunteer Award • Outstanding Membership Campaign Award • Outstanding Local Unit Newsletter Award • Outstanding Programs and Projects Award Awards are not the only things we do. We also have scholarships. Both the Kentucky PTA and the 15th District PTA have scholarships!

Kentucky PTA Scholarships

Application deadline of February 15 • $500 Student Scholarship—Any senior who is planning to enter the education field may apply. • “Harold L. Steele” $1,000 Student Scholarship—Any senior who is planning to enter the education field can apply. • $500 Teacher-Member Scholarship—Any Kentucky certified teacher is eligible for the purpose of obtaining credit toward a master’s degree or Rank I. • $500 Parent-Member Scholarship—Any PTA/PTSA parent member is eligible who plans to attend an accredited Kentucky public college or university and pursue an undergraduate degree in education or in a health field.

15th District PTA Scholarships Application deadline of March 15

• Evangeline J. Sansome Scholarship—Any JCPS senior who is a PTSA member is eligible. We love to award our PTAs when they are doing terrific work, and sometimes our PTAs don’t toot their own horn. Please consider applying and letting us sing your praises. Remember that you can’t win if you don’t apply.

Autumn Neagle Autumn Neagle, President

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The 15th District Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) and the families who it serves have benefitted greatly thanks to the generous workers of Living Waters Outreach Ministry in Savannah, Ohio. The ministry operates a thrift store out of a former school and regularly serves needy families in other states. A crew from Living Waters delivered ten palettes of sorted, gently used clothing to CAP on November 11, which significantly improved the clothing supply leading up to the December 9 Take What You Can Tote Clothing Giveaway. Another crew returned to CAP on January 5 with five palettes of gently used clothing and accessories. A one-way, 300-mile trip for the truck driver takes about six hours, and the deliveries were made by volunteers who serve the ministry. Many thanks to Living Waters and especially to Ken Smith, who drove both trips as a favor to his wife, Eileen Smith of Living Waters. The clothing will be processed by CAP volunteers and distributed to JCPS students and families at no charge.

Kentucky PTA www.kypta.org 226-6607

National PTA

www.pta.org (703) 518-1200 or 800-307-4PTA (4782)

Twitter Ken, right, Eileen Smith, and their daughter and two grandchildren visited CAP on Sat., Nov. 11, to deliver ten palettes of clothing from Living Waters Outreach Ministry of Savannah, Ohio.

CAP is already on Twitter at @PTA_CAP and just joined Facebook. Search for @PTACAP, give us a like, and keep up with the good news and good people who organize and provide free clothing for JCPS students and families. 8

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Twenty pieces of Reflections award-winning student artwork were displayed in January at the Southwest Regional Library. The special exhibit of the JCPS students’ works was coordinated by Liz Cannon, 15th District PTA vice president, and Diane Bundy, manager of the Southwest Regional Library.

Kentucky PTA

www.facebook.com/KentuckyPTA

National PTA

www.facebook.com /parentteacherassociation

Diane Bundy, manager

The library loves to highlight art, photography, and of the Southwest even local archaeology. They purchased easels and Regional Library a display case to make the regular exhibits possible. The library unknowingly played a role in the 2017-18 Reflections Program. A photograph of the Southwest Regional Library by duPont Manual High student Sofia DeVenuto won top honors in the high school photography competition. DeVenuto’s image—of the modern glass building being struck by angled rays of sunlight—advanced to the state level for judging.

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Bundy has enjoyed seeing families admire the student art from Reflections.

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“People have been looking at it, and it looks really nice in the space,” Bundy says. “I’ve seen quite a lot of people look at the art. It’s really positive to see what’s going on in the community.”

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