Donna McNichols and Housing Authority of Cadiz receive state award

Donna McNichols receives her 2009 Hall of Fame Award from First Lady Jane Beshear;

Mary Kate Poling, Director of Kentucky Child Now and Linda Robinson,

KDE 21st Century Consultant at the Crown Plaza Lexington on Monday, April 20th.

Out-of-school champions work tirelessly to build Kentucky’s future because our future rests in the hands of today’s children.  Studies show that students involved in after school programs increase academic performance, self-esteem and social skills. After school programs provide safe places for kids, inspire learning and help working families.


The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) serves as the infrastructure to support the continued growth, development, and accessibility of quality out-of-school programs to promote the success of children and youth. This alliance is a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Charles Mott Foundation and Kentucky Child Now. Because of the commitment in providing quality after-school programs for Kentucky’s children the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance held its first annual 2009 Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon to honor individuals and groups paving the way for our children’s success.


Keynote speakers for the luncheon were First Lady Jane Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry.  Two students who were involved in after-school programs shared personal stories of the positive effect such programs have had on their lives.  Ms. Phyllis Elder Coordinator Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance recognized winners presenting each with an engraved clock.


Trigg County Public Schools Community Education nominated Donna McNichols and the Housing  Authority of Cadiz for the Community Partner Award and  was notified earlier of her selection as the winner. Ms. McNichols partners with the TCHS Service Learning Council to sponsor “Terrific Tuesdays” an after school tutoring and mentoring program.  The program is held each Tuesday afternoon at the Johnson/Tyler Community Center in partnership with Christina Parker and Ms. McNichols. The program is designed to expose students to the 40 Developmental Assets of America’s Promise. Designed for students preschool through middles the program has grown from 12 students to 46. This partnership has created many outstanding activities for students, parents and all community partners who support the program. A vision from Ms. McNichols became a reality and this community, our children and their families are better for it. Congratulations Ms. McNichols and your entire Housing Authority staff.



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