U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit First Rural Promise Neighborhood, Nov. 1

Oct 29, 2013 1 Comment by

Sand Gap, Ky.- United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Sand Gap Elementary School in Sand Gap, Kentucky on Friday, November 1, to participate in a roundtable discussion about Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood Initiative. 

Invited attendees include students, teachers, parents and Promise Neighborhood staff.  The discussion will share challenges and successes of implementing the Promise Neighborhood effort in a rural area.  Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood, which includes Clay, Jackson and Owsley Counties, is the first rural Promise Neighborhood in the United States.  Promise Neighborhood staff work with the young people from cradle to career to ensure that every student has access to high-quality learning experiences and graduates high school ready for college or a career. Promise Neighborhood efforts help families support their students and work with communities so children have a safe and healthy place to live, learn and play.

WHO:   U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, K-12 students, teachers, administrators, parents and Berea College Promise Neighborhood staff.

WHAT:  An education roundtable about rural America, challenges and successes, and the Promise Neighborhood.

WHEN:  Friday, November 1, from Noon to 2 p.m.

The Secretary and Roundtable panelists will be available for questions from the press from 1:50 to 2 p.m. Please contact Charlie Foster prior to the event for media access.

WHERE: Sand Gap Elementary School (http://www.sandgapelementary.net), 139 Kentucky 587, Sand Gap, KY 40481

WHY:  Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood is the first rural Promise Neighborhood.  Since the implementation grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, Promise Neighborhood staff has worked in the southeastern Kentucky counties of Clay, Jackson, and Owsley to provide much needed resources to children, families and communities.

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This project is paid for by Federal Promise Neighborhood funds.  Berea College has been awarded a five year Promise Neighborhood Implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2012- 2016) totaling $59,932,934, 50% ($29,966,467) Federal funds and 50% ($29,966,467) non-Federal funds.

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