Education

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New initiative aims to give LouisvilleKY low-income children better chance at academic success

PNC Foundation, NCFL, Metro United Way, Louisville Metro invest to serve thousands of families Louisville, KY., – Half of Jefferson County children lack the basic skills and knowledge to begin kindergarten. The PNC Foundation, National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Metro United Way’s Ready for K Alliance and Louisville Metro announced a more than $250,000 collaboration to support Say & Play with Words, a new pre-Kindergarten vocabulary-building initiative. Say & Play with Words will target at-risk children in Louisville neighborhoods, with a goal of shrinking the word gap and increasing kindergarten readiness. “Words unlock success for children,” said Chuck Denny,…


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LouisvilleKY group releases video About Childhood Anxiety

Louisville, KY – Karen Lawrence, the Founder of Camp Hi-Ho, is the featured spokesperson in the first celebrity educational video launched by local non-profit Operation Parent. The 6-minute video focuses on childhood anxiety and informs parents about possible causes and warning signs, as well as positive coping mechanisms and ways to help their child. The video is now accessible at www.operationparent.org/oldham-county/. The video is part of a series in a new program Operation Parent launched last month called the “21stCentury Prevention Project,” which is based on empowering parents and encouraging them to set boundaries and talk early and often with their children about…


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LouisvilleKY’s Locust Grove will take visitors back hundreds of years this weekend

Louisville, KY., – When visitors enter Locust Grove’s grounds during this year’s 18th Century Market Fair on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, they’ll be transported to the year 1778 in the middle of the American Revolution. That’s the year George Rogers Clark founded the city of Louisville during the Illinois Campaign that was the cornerstone to the War in the West, including his successful raid at Kaskaskia. Visit with members of the Continental Army on the side of the Americans and the British Dragoons and Marines, Scottish Highlanders and Hessians fighting for King George III and learn about…


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“Canoemobile” back for 7th year in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – The Canoemobile is coming back to Shawnee and Riverview Parks on Oct. 5-6 for its seventh year on the banks of the Ohio River. The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River. Canoe trips are free. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. No advance sign-ups are required, wavers can be signed on-site or brought with the participants. This free event is designed for individuals and families who are new to canoeing to…


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Hundreds Participate in 4th Annual FirstBuild Hackathon in LouisvilleKY

  LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances, a Haier company, brought together teams of designers, programmers, engineers, students, makers and other innovators for the 4th Annual 2018 “Hack the Home” Hackathon. With more than $10,000 in cash and prizes at stake, competitors spent more than 35 hours ideating the next great product for the home. The top three teams chosen from a pool of more than 30 competing projects were: First Place ($3,000): “My Fridge Safe” Josh Weil, Eric Ott and Alex Vance, a trio of local makers competing in their third FirstBuild hackathon, invented a locking drawer…


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Mayor celebrates LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks 2018 success

Louisville, KY., – From computer coding to manufacturing and life-guarding to public finance, a record number of young people — 6,200 — gained new skills and confidence working at businesses and job sites throughout Louisville this summer as part of the SummerWorks program. Mayor Fischer congratulated youth and thanked the many private sector and non-profit employers who hired youth ages 16-21. That number includes 1,004 youth employed by companies and organizations that directly teamed with KentuckianaWorks and YouthBuild to provide more extensive career guidance and support. Since its start in 2011, SummerWorks and its partner-employers have put more than 23,000 young…


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LouisvilleKy’s Zoo Welcomes Two New Gray Seals

 Louisville, KY., – Boone and Minnow, two male gray seals, have joined the other pinnipeds on regular rotation at the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run exhibit. Both seals come to Louisville from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Minnow is 31 and Boone is 13. The two join California sea lions Triton (28), Bart (25), Gremlin (14), Riva (4), harbor seal Toney (16) and gray seal Rona (4). The Louisville Zoo has a rich history with this species. Eight seal pups have been born at the Zoo and when twin seal pups were born in 1979, they were the first twins to be documented in…


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LouisvilleKY’s Neighborhood Place partners hosts several health-focused events in August

Louisville, KY.,  – Neighborhood Place partners offer a variety of health-focused events and services in August including three opportunities to attend an educational baby shower, a Healthy Living Club to help reduce stress, a Diabetes Self-Management class, and a series of classes focused on healthy meal planning and eating. To learn more about these offerings and several others please refer to the list below. Aug 6, 8, 13, 16, 27, and 31, Passport Health Care Community Engagement at multiple locations  Passport members are invited to join with representatives from Passport Health Care for one-on-one consultations to discuss plan benefits and options.   This…


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LouisvilleKY student and alum secure local nonprofit’s largest donation ever

Story and photos from UofL.edu…   Louisville, KY.,  – This week, a semi-truck delivered $20,000 worth of free hygiene products to La Casita Center, a Louisville nonprofit that serves the local Latino community. The donation — from Essity, an international hygiene and health products company — is the largest La Casita has ever received. These gifts are thanks to the work of two Cardinals: Patrick Reeder, a political science student and Jonas Bastien, a recent political science alum. “I think the story here is that students can make a huge difference,” Reeder said. Last year, Bastien and Reeder volunteered for La Casita,…


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Former LouisvilleKY executive gifts UofL $2.5 million to support first-generation Kentucky students

Story from UofL.edu…   Louisville, KY., – Carl F. Pollard, the former Humana executive and Churchill Downs Inc. chairman, is donating $2.5 million to the University of Louisville to create a scholarship fund aimed at attracting first-generation Kentucky college students to the university. The endowment gift will support two scholarships each year beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. The fund will provide approximately 65 percent of the tuition, room, board and other direct student fees associated with each student’s degree program. “The University of Louisville is grateful and thrilled to announce the establishment of the Carl F. Pollard Scholarship Fund,”…