• First-graders learn proper pet care at local field trip

    Howevalley Elementary School first-grade students were all smiles Tuesday as they visited the Hardin County Animal Shelter for an end-of-the-year field trip.

    “We wanted to expose them to this nice facility that we have,” said Carla Scott, a first-grade teacher.

    After a brief introduction, Scott and Lesley Bone’s classes split up and started the visit with a lesson on dog safety and the shelter’s impact on the community.

  • Heartland fifth-grader surprised at graduation by military father

    After nearly one year of not seeing her father, Heartland Elementary School fifth-grader Grace Reyes was not expecting him to surprise her at the awards ceremony this morning. Maj. Julian Reyes arrived home from Korea late Tuesday just so he could surprise Grace.

    Maj. Reyes had been in Korea since July 2013, which was the last time Grace, her mother and two sisters saw him in person.

  • Homeschooled sisters win essay contest

    Two homeschooled Elizabethtown sisters placed first and second in the middle school Kentucky Ses­qui­centennial Commission on the Civil War’s essay contest.

    Emma Ingalls won first place for her essay, “Brigades of Bravery: Kentucky’s African American Sold­iers in the Civil War.”

    “It was hard to find stuff specifically about Kentucky,” Emma said.

    Both girls studied the Civil War for five weeks in a recent school unit. The essay opportunity piqued their interest.

  • Five teachers awarded for excellence at Campbellsville

    Five teachers from local schools were recognized and awarded the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award.

    From Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Karla Buckingham, Erica Frierson and Corey Yates received the award. From North Hardin Christian School, Kimberly Bishop and Peterson Johnson were honored.

  • GED, Hardin County High graduates reach goals

    To some, graduation means completion of a degree or diploma after days and nights of studying. To others, the word simply means to prevail or overcome an obstacle.

    Melissa Grimes spent her years in school with learning disabilities that caused her to be in special education classes. After becoming ill, Grimes said her mother pulled her out of public school.

    At 18, Grimes gave birth to a set of twins who ultimately altered her focus from school to family.

    “I kind of put everything on the back burner,” she said.

  • Mother, son to earn GED together

    Nielda Rappleyea dropped out of high school in Chicago at 16 when she became pregnant with her first child, Jasper, in 1987. Rappleyea then moved to California to start a new life with her new family.

    At 20, she gave birth to her third son, Nathan Collazo. At that point, she was struggling to escape drugs and violence.

    After living in California for about 16 years, Rappleyea and her family made the move to Kentucky to stay with family and have a fresh start.

    One thing Rappleyea always wanted, she said, was an education.

  • Lakewood students, teachers explore various interests through clubs

    All work, no play doesn’t apply to Lake­wood Elementary School.

    Every other Friday this year during the final 30 minutes of the day, students at Lakewood took part in a club to explore new interests with their teachers.

    Throughout the year, students had an opportunity to join 40 different clubs. Not always typical school clubs, students could join Zumba, checkers, knitting, student council, woodworking, winter guard, Legos, board games, dulcimer, Little Soldiers, iPad apptastic and healthy habits clubs, for example.

  • Bringing learning to life: Montessori students plant garden

    Washing their tiny hands and putting on bright garden gloves, the 2- to 5-year-olds at Heartland Montessori in Elizabethtown were eager to plant their annual garden this week.

    For the past three years, the early childhood school has planted a small vegetable garden behind the building so students can learn about where food and plants come from.

  • 529 Day reminds families to plan for college saving

    Tuition, textbooks and student housing costs build up quickly at any college or university. To avoid high interest rates and student loan bills, Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust advises being smart about saving money early for college expenses.

    Today is known as 529 Day according to the trust — a day to remind families to begin or add to their child’s college savings fund.

  • Area students win national scholarships

    Two area high school seniors have been named College Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners.

    T. Robert Bell from Fort Knox High School and Abi­gail Hinkson from Central Hardin High School were announced Tuesday as two of approximately 2,500 nation-wide winners in the prestigious program. Both students will receive a scholarship from the college or university they plan to attend.