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First & Farmers National Bank Employees Extend Reach of Local Imagination Library Program

  Even more Pulaski County children will be able to enroll in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) Pulaski County Affiliate program thanks to the support of the employees at First & Farmers National Bank. For the year, staff at First & Farmers chose to reinforce the importance of early childhood literacy locally through company payroll Read more…


Nearly 200 Wayne County Seniors Participate in Project CARE

Time and time again, students will ask teachers, “Why do I need to learn this?” or “How will I use this in the real world?” Recently, Wayne County students were able to make real world connections regarding personal finances with the help of Project CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education). Nearly 200 Wayne County students participated Read more…


Educators and Students gather at KVEC Spring ARI Summit in Pikeville

More than 1,000 educators and students gathered at the East Kentucky Expo Center last month for Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s (KVEC) annual ARI (Appalachian Renaissance Initiative) Action Research Summit in Pikeville.


First Lady Beshear receives award

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear has been recognized for her role in helping to launch the first-ever Feed the Mind literacy event in Pulaski County and for advancing literacy efforts in the region and throughout the state. Mrs. Beshear was presented a plaque by organizers of Feed the Mind Pulaski County at this year’s event […]


Forward in the Fifth hosts College & Career Summit

Dr. Bill Symonds, director of the Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, will be the keynote speaker at Forward in the Fifth’s College and Career Readiness Summit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Center For Rural Development. Symonds is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Oxford University […]


September College and Career Readiness Summit

2015 College & Career Readiness Summit

Forward in the Fifth, a non-profit educational organization, will be hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit on September 11, 2015 at The Center for Rural Development


Feed the Mind Pulaski County Emphasizes Literacy

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear joined more than 900 elementary students, school superintendents, and community and business leaders for the fourth annual “Feed the Mind – Pulaski County” event to promote and celebrate childhood literacy throughout the region.   Beshear challenged third-grade students from Pulaski County’s eight elementary schools, Somerset and Science Hill Independent school Read more…


AppLE nominations extended

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to advance education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky?


Grant Writing 101 on March 21

For many first-time grant writers, seeking and applying for grant funding can be a daunting task.


WYMT-TV coveage of AppLE Awards program

WYMT-TV news reporter Steve King was at The Center for Rural Development yesterday to cover Forward in the Fifth’s Education Leadership Day and the regional Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) awards recognition program. Click here to watch WYMT-TV news coverage of the event. Thank you Steve and WYMT-TV for the news report.


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