WBKO, an ABC affiliate, has partnered with Flora Templeton Stuart, Attorney at Law to launch a leadership event with Poppy to recognize schools who have empowered students to lead, learn, excel and serve our community. The chosen school and students will be recognized for outstanding achievement. All schools in south central Kentucky from grades K - 12 will have the opportunity to be recognized for empowering their students to lead by reaching their full potential in academics, sports, arts, and community service.
To win Poppy’s Field Trip, superintendents, principals, teachers, and full-time staff can nominate your school or school group throughout the year by filling out the online form below. WBKO will select nominated schools for voting by viewers. The school with the most votes will win Poppy’s Leadership Award and be featured on AM Kentucky.
Winning schools will be entered in a Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the contest period. The selected school will receive a $2,000 check to be used to promote leadership activities and/or ‘Leader in Me’ initiatives and programs.
On Saturday, April 26th, the eleven year old students at FSMS set up a store - KIDS Caring For Our Community - in our school’s gym. There were stations set up within the gym that were item specific. For example, we had thousands of items of clothing donated. Those clothes were organized and hung according to size and to gender. A book store was set up with books received – which totaled near one thousand. The store was open to anyone in need.
Eleven year olds morph into old, weathered souls. When brainstorming ideas for a charity to kickstart, one student made the comment that he was afraid individuals would feel too ashamed to come and to shop. In that moment, a student hesitantly raised his hand and said that he wanted to help other before, for if it wasn't for his aunt helping him, he would be homeless. From there moment on, I saw my students unite. In the interview with Western's radio station, one student said that her classmates uniting was a humbling experience to be part of, because classmates she had never seen get along were working together, in unison, for the common cause of helping others. Another student attributed the cause to the Leader In Me program that was implemented in our school this current school year. To sum up their motivation, they said that they wanted to show everyone that they don't have to be adults to make a difference . . . That when working together children can change a community for the better.
Often referred to as "The Pride of Hart County", the Hart County Raider band is one of the most active organizations in community. In addition to basketball and football games the band appears in more than 25 performances annually including Civil War Days and many area parades during the holiday season and throughout the year. If there is an event in Hart County you can count on the Raider Band to be there. The band has enjoyed a history of success throughout the years including being named as one of four KMEA state finalists in their division at the conclusion of the 2012 marching band season. Hart County Raider Band consistently ranks among the top programs receiving distinguished ratings in concert band, winter guard and marching band competitions. Another remarkable trend comes from the student composition of the band. Hart County Band students consistently have higher grades and less discipline and attendance problems. The band boasts the highest percentage of Valedictorians and Salutatorians.
Leading through an example of hard work, community involvement and a long standing record of success, the Hart County Raider Band is a prime candidate for the Poppy's Leadership Event Award.