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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…


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.


Forward in the Fifth Marketing Video

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Forward in the Fifth has spent more than two decades improving the educational outcomes in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.


KY First Lady attends literacy event

Breshear addresses Pulaski County Kids

Beshear addresses Pulaski County KidsNearly 1,000 excited fourth-grade students in Pulaski County got to personally meet Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and take home a free children’s book at the second annual “Read Pulaski County” event on Wednesday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.


Seeking nominees for new regional ‘AppLE Awards’

AppLE Awards

Throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky, educators, parents, students, and community leaders work tirelessly to advance education in their schools, home communities, and the region. Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization created to help raise the educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking to recognize leaders in education, including local parent and Read more…


Educators attend training session for ‘Stay in School Toolkit’

Educators from Wayne County attend training session for Forward in the Fifth’s ‘Stay in School Toolkit’ at The Center for Rural Development


‘Champion Scholars’ peer mentoring program serving middle school students in five Pike County schools

Pike County School District Champion Scholars mentees

Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development are partnering with the University of Pikeville to launch a new peer mentoring program in Pike County. The program, called “Champion Scholars,” will serve middle school students in four schools in the Pike County School District and one from the Pikeville Independent School District. UPIKE Read more…


Top education supporters recognized at 25th anniversary and Educational Summit

Three of Kentucky’s top education supporters were recognized for their work in helping advance education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky


Kentucky college students discuss how to retain the region’s youth, combat “brain drain” at ARC Collegiate Summit

Collegiate Summit group photo

To get a deeper understanding of issues in Southern and Eastern Kentucky that often lead young people to leave the largely rural region, The Center for Rural Development’s Higher Education Consortium went to the source—today’s college students who may still be undecided on their post-graduation plans. A total of 35 students from 10 Kentucky colleges Read more…


‘Bulldog Buddies’ mentoring program in Knox County schools

Union College Bulldog Buddies program

Going to college once seemed an unobtainable goal for Barbourville middle school student Brandon Fisher. That opinion—and his life—quickly changed when he became involved in the “Bulldog Buddies” mentoring program. “At first, I didn’t want to go to college,” Brandon, now a seventh-grade student at Knox County Middle School, said. “After I met Kyle, and Read more…


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