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Jan. 4, 2012: Our readers write

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Recognizing school boards

There is a special group I would like to ask your readers to recognize this month.  January is School Board Recognition Month.  I wanted to take an opportunity to say “thank you” to the members of the Hardin County Schools Board of Education for the work they do for students, parents, faculty, staff and the county’s citizens.  Our board consists of Kay Sharon, Charlie Wise, Suzy Broadwater, John Emary and Mike Kinney. 

Our board is dedicated to keeping children first, listening, professionalism, financial stewardship, representing the entire district, and supporting district goals and board decisions.  The board takes these responsibilities so seriously that a board member reads these commitments aloud before each meeting.  Our board members work together to ensure each of these is met.

Our students are striving to reach college and career readiness marks set before them while graduating with real life experiences because of the leadership of our Board of Education and the dedication of our staff. The board has a sincere desire to see children in the Hardin County Schools district receive the best possible education and help children succeed.

The Hardin County Schools Board of Education affords everyone affiliated with the district the opportunity to overcome obstacles and claim victory for the achievement of students that walk in and out of our classrooms.  Children are winning in Hardin County Schools.  We thank the Hardin County Schools Board of Education for its vision and support.

Nannette Johnston

Superintendent

Hardin County Schools

Friends of the NRA

I would like to take a few minutes to tell you about the good work the Elizabethtown Chapter of Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) is doing. The Friends of NRA Elizabethtown is a nonprofit, non political, all-volunteer organization that raises money primarily for youth gun safety programs, youth shooting sports and public range improvements.

As a member of the state board for fund disbursement, I personally get to vote on how money raised in Kentucky gets to be distributed and I am very proud of the work we have accomplished thus far. Locally we have funded several youth shooting sports teams. Local projects include the following:

  • Central Hardin ROTC Air Rifle Team- precision air rifles, targets and equipment.
  • John Hardin High School Air Rifle Team, who won a state championship with equipment purchased by the Friends of NRA and now competes in national level competition, — precision air rifles, targets, ammunition and equipment.
  • The Kentucky Junior Rifle and Pistol Team’s Junior NRA High-powered Rifle Team (based in Elizabethtown) — rifles, ammunition, targets, shooting jackets other equipment.
  • Radcliff Police Department’s Eddie Eagle gun safety program.

Primarily the Friends of NRA – Elizabethtown raises money through a banquet in April and through the sale of raffle tickets. Certainly, like most nonprofit volunteer organizations, there is always more work to be done. Therefore, we are extending an open invitation to anyone who would like to learn more about the local work that we are doing and to anyone who would like to help us raise money so that we can better the cause of youth shooting sports. Please join in at the meeting room at the Elizabethtown Police Department at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Also if someone would like more information they can feel free to contact Chairman, Tommy Metcalf, at 317-0323.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell everyone about the work our local, nonpolitical, all volunteer organization is doing.

Daniel Cummings

Co Chairman

Friends of NRA — Elizabethtown