Bonner Program Honored for Supporting Education in Adair County Schools
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 [8:04 PM]
Members of the LWC Bonner Scholars Program receive a 2013
in Education Award from Forward in the Fifth at the Center for
Rural Development in
Somerset, Ky. From left: Forward in the Fifth Board Chair Dessie
Bowling; LWC Bonner
Scholar Lydia Tiller of Columbia; LWC Bonner Scholar Saundra Winn
of Marion, Ky.;
Forward in the Fifth Executive Director Jim Tackett; LWC Director
of Civic Engagement
and Student Leadership Amy Thompson-Wells; Bonner Scholars Program
Cherise Mingus; LWC Vice President for Student Services and
Dean Adams; and Adair County Schools 21st Century Director Dana
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A Lindsey Wilson
College organization was recently lauded for its efforts to support
education in Adair County.
The LWC Bonner Scholars Program received an AppLE Award
from Forward in the
Fifth for work that improved education through engagement in
The LWC Bonner Scholars Program specifically received an
AppLE Award -- which stands for Appalachian
Leaders in Education -- for the program's partnership with Camp
Casey, an after-school program at Colonel William Casey Elementary
During the 2012-13 school year, a total of LWC 32
Bonner Scholars assisted and led more than 35 activities at the
after-school program. This school year, Camp Casey served more than
360 students from preschool through second grade.
Camp Casey began as a federally sponsored program, but
when funding was reduced in 2009, the LWC Bonner Scholars Program
stepped in and provided volunteer services needed to keep it
running. This year, that translated into more than $47,000 worth of
"The work of this group has helped transform personal,
school and campus culture and demonstrate what true service is all
about," said Dana Harmon, Adair County Schools 21st Century
director. "I cannot imagine our program without these (Lindsey
Wilson) students involved in it. … I've never experienced a more
dependable or valuable partnership. Words will never adequately
express the gratitude we feel toward this group of great student
individuals and the institutions that support them."
Created in partnership with the Corella and Bertram F.
Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., the LWC Bonner Scholars Program aims to transform
the lives of students and members, the life of their campuses,
their local communities and the world through service and
During the 2012-13 school year, LWC Bonner Scholars
donated more than 29,000 hours of community service to 15
non-profit groups in the region.
The LWC Bonner Scholars Program was one of 10
organizations and individuals from Southern and Eastern Kentucky to
receive an AppLE Award this year from Forward in the Fifth. The
awards were presented at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.,
home of Forward in the Fifth.
The awards highlight "the immense talent and desire of
adults and students alike found within our region," Jim Tackett,
Forward in the Fifth executive director. "It is with this passion
and attitude that we will transform Southern and Eastern Kentucky
into more educational excellence."
The AppLE Awards were started in 2012 by Forward in the
Fifth to celebrate excellence in education by recognizing
individuals who work to accomplish the nonprofit organization's
mission of increasing the region's educational attainment
levels. Founded in 1986 by U.S. Rep Hal Rogers of Somerset, Forward
in the Fifth aims to be a catalyst for change in a 45-county area
of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.