READY TO LEARN. After a year of virtual program in response to the COVID public health restrictions, the Get Ready! Camp for preschoolers is back in the business of face-to-face instruction for children and coaching for their parents.

The activities being offered this month, thanks to Central Kentucky Community Foundation, address the premise a good start is critical to educational achievement. Activities seek to sharpen early literacy and address logic and reasoning. It also deals with development of fine motor skills as basic as holding a pencil.

The camps offered at North Park Elementary, Heartland Elementary and Panther Academy are operated by a staff of early childhood development professionals and skilled support staff.

It’s easy to get involved. The camps are free. No registration is required and families can attend the sessions that fit their schedules without a requirement to attend every session.

Started in 2012, the camp approach still seems innovative and novel in its 10th season. The earliest Get Ready! students are approaching high school age. It seems certain the opportunities provided by this program will be showing up in success stories of teenage scholars.

BLESSINGS AWAIT. Chef Maria Bell cares deeply about people. With a goal to help end hunger in Hardin County, she operates a nonprofit called Be the Change which is responsible in part for the Blessing Box effort taking shape in Radcliff.

Similar to little libraries, these boxes contain nonperishable food items free to anyone in need. It’s available day or night, 24/7 and year-round.

It’s a simple idea that’s proven to work elsewhere and is blossoming in Rad­cliff.

A third Blessing Box was established last week outside the Radcliff Resource Center on Freedoms Way. There’s another in the Radcliff Plaza shopping center off North Dixie Boulevard and Bell has one at her business at the intersection of South Wilson Road and Vine Street. She said two more locations are in the works.

“We need to spread the word,” she said at Friday’s ceremony.

Joining the effort can mean sponsoring a box or be as simple as picking up a couple extra items on your next grocery trip and placing them inside a Blessing Box. Someone who’s hungry will appreciate the gesture.

ACTIVE IN LARUE. First Friday celebrations are back in Hodgenville. The monthly events staged by the LaRue County Cham­ber of Commerce on Lincoln Square offer food vendors, prize drawings, live music and a time to get reacquainted with the downtown and maybe a few friends and neighbors.

The event features food vendors parked along the square, prize drawings and live music featuring Limestone Creek between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

The chamber is planning to hold a First Friday July 3 in conjunction with Hodgenville’s Independence Day celebration. The First Friday in August will be designed as a back-to-school bash with many local businesses helping local students prepare for the school year.

The LaRue chamber is an active promoter of being active. Of course, it will be part of Lincoln Days Oct. 2-3 and return the annual trick or treat event to the square at Halloween as well as Light Up Hodgenville during the Christmas season.

These activities are all a part of being a close-knit community, but it takes organization, time and a little money to get it all done. As the pandemic subsides in this region, it’s good to see the chamber return to that role.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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