• Geocaching: Learning disguised as a treasure hunt

    Kids ran across the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in what would have been a traditional treasure hunt if the treasure map was anything like traditional maps of the past.

    ECTC hosted a geography class through its summer Kids College this past week. Children gathered at the main campus to learn how to use a compass, a Global Positioning System and how to do geocaching, a treasure hunt of sorts in which participants use a GPS to find items.

  • Students sharpen social skills

    Students in the newly developed Junior Leadership Corps kept their skills up-to-date with a two-week summer camp through their schools.

    The JLC program at North and J.T. Alton middle schools had a camp for the students this week and last that continues the mission of the program to prepare students for the future and to develop their leadership abilities.

  • Free GEDs didn't increase local number of recipients

    A General Equivalency Degree for free didn’t bring out as many people as hoped in Hardin County.

    The period in which the fee for the GED test was waived ends Thursday and while the local GED testing center has been busy these past few weeks, the program didn’t seem to make an overall difference in GED recipients.

    Luanne Barnes, coordinator for the GED testing center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, said June has been a busy month for testing.

    “We’ve been having full houses this past month,” Barnes said.

  • Social, emotional well-being important in kindergarten

    Kindergarten is the first step in a child’s academic formation, but it also serves as the cornerstone of what even adults still struggle with - working and playing well with others. 

    Letters and numbers are some of the most obvious lessons for kindergarten, but the first year of school also is used to socialize children and teach them how to work with peers and adults.

  • Camp Invention keeps kids thinking

    A local camp works to keep light bulbs burning bright in children’s minds even through the lackadaisical days of summer.

    Camp Invention at Hardin County Schools runs at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School this week, after  a stint last week at Meadow View Elementary School. The camp gives incoming first- through sixth-graders an opportunity to stretch their minds during the summer with problem-solving and new skills in multiple areas.

  • Educators support Great by 8 plan

    A local education leader joined others across the state Wednesday to show that children who are “great by 8” can be great at any age.

    Al Rider, president and chief executive officer of the North Central Education Foundation, spoke at a statewide summit for the Great by 8 initiative. The effort’s aim is to educate communities on how early childhood education influences economic growth.

    Rider presented information on how businesses can be involved in early childhood education.

  • Tuition raised at Kentucky community colleges

    Kentucky community colleges are looking for a tuition increase to offset a portion of a budget gap.

    Tuition rates for new students to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will increase to $135 per credit hour from $130.

    The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approved the rate increases for the colleges as part of the 2011-12 budget last week.

    The new tuition rate meets the cap allowed for KCTCS tuition for the year, set by the Council on Postsecondary Education at a meeting in April.

  • Kelly Cruze has loved music all her life

    Whether in a classroom or on a stage, Kelly Cruze channels a lifelong love of music.

    Cruze began teaching 20 years ago, joining the staff at Morningside Elementary School in Elizabethtown 17 years ago.

    Throughout the week, Cruze helps children gain a deep understanding of music, often teaching her elementary students principles she learned at the college level, and all the while making the lessons enjoyable.

  • Classical Conversations program comes to Hardin County

    Local homeschooling families have another educational option for their children beginning in August.

    The national Christian homeschooling program Classical Conversations is available to homeschooled students in Hardin and Meade counties in the upcoming school year.

    Vine Grove resident Crystal Costello, who has had success with the program with her own children, is staring it here.

  • HCS deems ImPACT program a success

    Hardin County Schools has deemed its concussion-testing program a success after its first year.

    ImPACT Concussion Management Program tests student athletes for concussions and assists in clearing them to return to play.

    HCS approved the program in July 2010 and was followed by Elizabethtown Independent Schools in August. The districts work in partnership with Hardin Memorial Hospital, which paid half of the cost of the program for each district.