National Center for Learning and Citizenship at ECS
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Associate Policy Analyst
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Hopkinsville Middle School participated in the Schools of Success Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4-7, 2011. View their presentation (PDF, 5MB).
Hopkinsville Middle School (HMS) recognizes that there is a state-level crisis in the STEM pipeline that must be addressed immediately. They see that the future of the Kentucky Commonwealth depends on how quickly school districts respond and what actions are taken to ensure that Kentucky citizens are actively engaged in solutions to this unprecedented crisis. (KY Council on Postsecondary Education)
Located in western Kentucky, HMS serves an economically and culturally disadvantaged area of the state where roughly 64% of students live at or below poverty level and 37% are minority students. Before being accepted by the Schools of Success, no school-specific STEM service-learning projects were directly connected to formal instruction and curriculum, or addressed community needs.
HMS partners with the University of Kentucky 4-H Extension Service, among others.
Hopkinsville Middle School and the district has won many state awards over the past several years for service-learning community projects such as assisting non-profit agencies in technology needs; hosting open houses with tech demonstrations; training parents and senior citizens how to use hardware, software and the Internet; publishing newsletters, business cards, brochures, Web page for local businesses, and collaborating with other schools, districts, states and global partners. Currently these types of programs are funded by the Kentucky Department of Education but, like many states, these funds may not be there indefinitely.