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Imagination Library Program

Find out more about the pilot program for the Imagination Library program in Kentucky.


FIF will host annual summit, AppLE Awards in Spring 2017

Due to multiple unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Forward in the Fifth will postpone its annual Summit, 30th Anniversary and Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE ) Awards presentation which was scheduled for Wednesday, November 9.


AppLE Awards will be announced at Spring summit

Forward in the Fifth will recognize the 2016 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Awards during the annual summit in Spring 2017.


Imagination Library brings books and excitement to Eastern Kentucky counties

Fourteen Eastern Kentucky counties will now be able to take advantage of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which encourages early literacy while assisting children with the creation of their own personal library.


Our initiatives and current projects

Forward in the Fifth’s initiatives serve the youth and communities of Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Click here to learn more about our current projects.


Forward a Gift

We need your help to succeed in our mission. Learn how you can support the education of Eastern Kentucky’s youth.


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 […]


Honoring excellence in education

Forward in the Fifth has awarded the 2013 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE Awards) to eight individuals and one student organization on a leading South Central Kentucky college campus for their work to advance education in the region.


Feed the Mind literacy event

Students participating in Feed the Mind Kentucky 2013

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto joined more than 900 third-grade students in Pulaski County on Wednesday for the third annual “Feed the Mind” event to celebrate reading and promote literacy throughout the region.


Students share successes in new video competition

Middle and high school students are telling success stories about what makes them proud of their education. Students may submit videos on www.voicesineducation.org until Feb. 28.


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