Forward in the Fifth

Energizing Students. Empowering Communities.

Forward in the Fifth Photo Contest Winners

Forward in the Fifth presents Laramie Baldwin with her mobile tablet.


Forward in the Fifth joins panel for civic health discussion with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

Forward in the Fifth and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined business and community leaders to discuss ways to improve civic involvement in Kentucky at a statewide Civic Engagement Forum.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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