Education

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LouisvilleKY Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’

Goal is for record number of employers to hire youth this summer   Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer launched his SummerWorks jobs program for 2017 today by setting a goal for a new record of employers involved, and proclaiming it necessary to ensure “a pipeline of future talent.” “Summer jobs are critical building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial for the health of the local economy, because it creates a pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said.  “We want Louisville’s business culture to be one where every company, large and small, hires or sponsors summer jobs for…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Seeks Trashformation Contest Entries and Eco-Partners for Earth Month

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo invites students in pre-K – grade 12 to get involved with the fifth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in April. Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art. Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” New this year, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra…


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LouisvilleKY’s GonzoFest is moving to the Main Library

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 23, 2017) – On Saturday, April 15, 2017 GonzoFest Louisville will celebrate the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo journalism, at the Main branch of Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), located at 301 York Street. The Louisville Free Public Library is the largest library system in Kentucky, comprised of 18 branch locations serving more than 3 million visitors per year. From eBooks to author visits, storytimes to streaming music, the library continues to engage the community in new and exciting ways through innovative programs and services. Moving to the Main Library was a natural move…


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Former LouisvilleKY Mayor Abramson to serve as executive in residence at Bellarmine

Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, President Obama’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs — previously Kentucky’s lieutenant governor and Louisville’s longest-serving mayor — is joining Bellarmine University next week as an Executive in Residence. Dr. Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president, said Abramson will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in other classes. He will also develop and direct a new institute for local government leadership, which will train elected local government officials from across the nation, including city council presidents and officials serving large urban counties. Working with organizations including the National League of Cities…


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Lemonade Day is coming to LouisvilleKY

LouVino owners Chad and Lauren Coulter launch local chapter of children’s non-profit entrepreneur program   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2017) – Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Founded in 2007, Lemonade Day has spread to more than 57 cities in 23 states and three countries. Lauren and Chad Coulter, owners of Louisville’s dining hotspot LouVino, are proud to announce that Louisville kids will get to join in on the fun this spring. Lemonade Day Louisville, presented by River City Bank…


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LouisvilleKY adds new resource with External Agency Fund

Application process for funding is now underway   LOUISVILLE, KY (January 10, 2017) – The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is aiming to collaborate with nonprofit organizations who have innovative and effective strategies to reduce violence in select neighborhoods. One Love Louisville is the city’s comprehensive plan to reduce citywide violence around homicide, suicide and drug overdose rates. To qualify for support through this fund, agencies must demonstrate they use a public health approach to reducing violence, and provide services to young people ages 14-24 and their families in these areas of service: Decreasing violence in targeted Zones of…


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There’s a new cat in LouisvilleKY, literally

Louisville, KY., – There’s a new cat in town for the new year! “Becca,” a two-year-old female puma, comes to the Louisville Zoo from the Central Florida Zoo.  Becca was rescued at three months old by the Washington State Wildlife Commission after being separated from her mother. She was found significantly underweight along with her sibling who, unfortunately, did not survive.   Pumas are solitary cats and have the largest range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere outside of human beings. They range from northern British Columbia to Argentina. Pumas are also known as cougars, panthers and mountain…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo celebrates two big birthdays

Louisville, KY., – Free with admission, the Zoo will celebrate two animal birthdays on January 7. Gorilla Helen’s 59th Birthday will be held at 11 a.m. at Gorilla Forest and polar bear Qannik’s 6th birthday will be held at noon at Glacier Run. Guests are invited to watch as these two important animal ambassadors celebrate their birthday with special enrichment gifts while guests sing “Happy Birthday”. Helen is the fourth oldest known gorilla in the North American population, wild born so her birth date is estimated. The median age for Gorillas in managed systems is 38.3. The oldest known gorilla in…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mercy Academy receives national technology award

Story from businesswire.com NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Empowered to lead. Inspired to Serve. Today, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program awarded five middle and high schools from across the country with $5,000 technology grants as recipients of the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing. The winning teachers and students are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program. Aligned to standards and 21st century skills, Lead2Feed engages students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David…


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LouisvilleKy’s Grawemeyer Awards have been announced

Story by Kim Butterweck at www.uoflnews.com   Louisville, KY., – The Grawemeyer Awards have been a longstanding tradition at the University of Louisville, created to honor those who have impacted the world with just a single idea. UofL graduate, former Louisville Seminary trustee, and philanthropist Charles Grawemeyer founded the awards program in 1984 to pay tribute to the power of creative thought. The awards draw nominations from all over the world, recognizing pioneers in five fields – Music Composition, Ideas Improving World Order, Education, Religion and Psychology. Past winners have included those who have studied the promise of public education…