September 18, 2022
Our community continues to amaze and when someone is in need, we rally to support them. Our latest effort is to help our friends and neighbors in Eastern Kentucky after the recent devastation due to extreme flooding. In August, on behalf of our entire school community, I had the opportunity to personally deliver more than $21,000 in gift cards to superintendents of the affected school districts which will support many families with immediate needs. On August 30, WCPS sent multiple truckloads of donated classroom furniture and thousands of books to Letcher County after their libraries were destroyed at two elementary schools and one middle school. We know first-hand what it's like to be impacted by a natural disaster and I cannot thank our community enough for its incredible generosity. Communities from across the state and nation came to help us after the December tornadoes and it’s rewarding to be in a position in which we can return the kindness and generosity to our Eastern Kentucky neighbors.
During our Professional Learning Community (PLC) day on September 14, our entire certified staff spent time learning from Dr. Anthony Muhammad. Dr. Muhammad is an international thought leader who has been recognized as one of the 30 Most Influential Educators in the World. His work with WCPS will help us continue the transformational change to the teaching and learning culture in each of our schools. We are embarking upon some exciting times as we engage our community and global partners to ensure all of our graduates have the skills and dispositions to find success in any endeavor they choose upon graduation. With the world changing at an exponentially faster rate than ever before, you can trust WCPS to continue to be a leader as we maintain a clear vision for ensuring safety, achievement, and opportunity for each of our students.
The Child Advocacy Center’s (CAC’s) Over the Edge Fundraiser was on September 17! A team from WCPS raised $11,729 to go “over the edge” to support children who are victims of sexual abuse. Our team of seven rappelled down five stories at Stadium Park Plaza in support of the CAC. The incredible staff members from the CAC served 1,000 children in our area this past year alone. The Center provides forensic interviews, a safe place for children to tell the story of their abuse one time, trauma-based medical exams, trauma-informed mental health therapy and advocacy services.
In an attempt to demonstrate our deep appreciation and admiration for each of our bus drivers, our incredible Nutrition and Dining department coordinated a district-wide celebration for our bus drivers in each of our schools. Schools across the district invited our drivers to lunch and they even had the opportunity to serve student lunches in school bus-shaped boxes! Please join us in thanking our bus drivers for keeping our students safe as they transport them to and from school each day.
In the spring of 2023, we will be inducting our latest group of esteemed individuals into Warren County Public Schools’ Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The annual event showcases the amazing contributions our graduates have made both professionally and through their philanthropic efforts on a local, state and/or national level! We need your help identifying outstanding WCPS alumni for inclusion in next year’s ceremony. You can nominate a WCPS graduate to be a part of this exemplary group by clicking here.