‘Bridging the gap’ breakfast to focus on at-risk students

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Event sponsored by Radcliff-North Hardin Ministerial Association

By Amber Coulter

Community leaders are looking for ways to keep Hardin County youth out of the courtroom.

They are inviting community members to participate in the conversation at the Radcliff-North Hardin Ministerial Association breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff.

The breakfast is themed “Bridging the Gap” and is focused on finding ways to help all students achieve their potential.

Bridging the Gap last summer consisted of an event during which organizers gave away 700 backpacks full of school supplies to children, regardless of income. Left over backpacks went to school resource centers to be distributed students who needed them.

Community organizations also offered services, such as free eye exams, at the event.

The event is planned to take place again in July, said Gloria Fite, secretary and treasurer of the ministerial association and pastor of All Nations Worship Ministries in Radcliff.

The breakfast is aimed at targeting schools’ needs, she said.

“We’re trying to bring the community together so they can understand,” she said.

Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnson will speak about what needs exists and what programs schools have to help students who fall behind.

Judge Kimberly Shumate will speak about how young people who fall behind in school often end up in her courtroom.

Fite said association members, pastors, business representatives and other community leaders will use information provided by speakers to learn how they can help. They encourage community members to attend and share their ideas and opinions.

“We would love if the community would embrace this and come out to learn what we can do if we all come together,” she said. “We’re just looking to do that and take an active role in our community.”

The community should come together to help students and make sure the community remains free of the violence that can be seen throughout the nation, such as a recent school shooting in Ohio, Fite said.

“We just want to make sure that our community is a safe place,” she said. “It’s a place where children can grow and be nourished.”

The breakfast is $10 to cover the cost of the meal. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday by contacting any ministerial association member.

Contact Fite at pastorgloria@allnationworshipministries.org or 352-4919.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.