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2014 Apple Awards

Six individuals and two community and student-based organizations are awarded Forward in the Fifth’s 2014 AppLE Awards for education excellence


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.


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.


Schools develop leadership through The 7 Habits

Pineville Elementary School in Bell County, McBrayer Elementary School in Rowan County and Gamaliel Elementary School in Monroe County are making a difference in academic outcomes through “The Leader in Me” and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


AppLE Awards to be announced

Forward in the Fifth, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, is planning a special event on Monday, May 21, to recognize individuals in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance education in the region. Education Leadership Day, to be held at The Center in […]


KY First Lady attends literacy event

Nearly 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. Beshear joined students and teachers from the Pulaski County School District, Somerset and […]


Student leadership initiative launches at four elementary schools

Leader In Me McBrayer Elementary School

Four elementary schools in Southern and Eastern Kentucky have been selected by Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development to pilot a new student leadership initiative that aims to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. The initiative, based on the book, “The Leader in Me,” by best-selling author Stephen Covey, will provide Read more…


‘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…


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