HONORING SCHOLARS. The Central Kentucky Community Foundation continues to build on its reputation as innovators in this time of coronavirus restrictions. Not only has the organization responded to react to real community urgencies related to COVID-19, it found a way to celebrate and honor local scholarship recipients that actually may reach more people than its planned banquet.

Using technology, the Celebrating Achievement event became a 75-minute video presentation recognizing 168 students from across the region who earned a variety of scholarships managed by the foundation.

It was more than a recitation of names and honors. The video, which is posted in the multimedia section of thenewsenterprise.com, truly was a celebration of the Class of 2020. It was a well-produced program that emphasized all the right things.

The foundation’s Scholarship Central portal continues to serve as a one-stop application hub that has made the process better for all. This event, whether in-person or virtual, obviously is important to the foundation and has become one of its growing list of signature accomplishments.

A NEW MARKET. Riney­ville Community Park was alive Sunday with a collection of local farm families selling their wares.

This new farmers’ market was the brainstorm of Kaya Winchell, who owns Dry Creek Nursery. She was looking for a place to sell her produce and sprang upon an idea that looks to be quite popular based on the hundreds of members on its social media page and the turnout for week one.

The Rineyville area always has been known for its farms and gardens. Now there’s a place to buy, sell and trade right in the heart of what has developed into one of Hardin County’s largest bedroom communities.

Setup is free all vendors must sign an agreement outlining products allowed, safety and liability at the market.

“All products must be grown, raised or produced by the vendor and all vendors must have the necessary permits and licensing to sell their individual products,” she said.

Also, the market is dedicated to appropriate social distancing and related safety standards. It is expected operate at the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday during growing season.

POCKET HUGS. And we’ll close this week’s list of kudos with a warm and fuzzy moment provided by a local teacher’s concern and affection for her students.

Ruthann Smith, outdoor classroom teach­er at Cecilia Valley Ele­men­tary School, realized the separation and confusion felt by students when she dropped off weekly packets for 14 preschoolers now studying at home because the coronavirus resulted in school closures.

“It’s hard on, you know, 5- or 6-year-olds not understanding why they can’t come to school and see their friends,” she said.

Using small wooden coins, Smith mimicked a design she had seen online and mailed a Pocket Hug to all of her students Soon she began seeing pictures and videos of them opening their envelopes and holding their coins like the treasures they are.

“It just makes me so happy,” Smith said.

The idea and the reaction of these dear children made a lot of people smile. Thanks to Mrs. Smith for this sweet gesture and sharing the story.

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

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