FCPS receives two distinguished awards from community
Superintendent Manny Caulk accepted a 2020 Unity Award for Fayette County Public Schools during the 26th annual MLK Day community breakfast, held Jan. 21 in Lexington’s convention center. The recognition came from the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter’s Education Foundation, which is part of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The theme of this year’s event was “Unity: Strengthened through Diversity.”
“Our Fayette County Public Schools community is a rich tapestry… and we share a set of common values that’s all about acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, mutual respect, and most importantly, human dignity,” Caulk said. “This year’s Unity Breakfast theme is especially important for this moment in history in our community. The diversity of our students, employees, and families offers opportunities to build relationships that bridge cultures.”
“This award proves that we’re stronger together,” Caulk said. “With the support of our community, we’re bending the moral arc of the universe through substantive changes in our schools that increase access and opportunity for all children.”
Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Award
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Beta Gamma Omega Chapter, in conjunction with the Pearls of Service Foundation, has presented a 2020 Community Partnership Award to the school district. "Community partners are essential if you are looking to make widespread change where you live, work, and play," said chapter President Kimberly Parker-Brown. "Partnerships matter because they work! You engage bright minds, You pool resources, you build credibility, and you increase your value."
"We are thankful for the partnership we have developed with Fayette County Public Schools," Parker-Brown said in greeting Superintendent Manny Caulk. "We have been able to use facilities for workshops, target initiatives, and monthly meetings, assisted with the yearly Back to School Rallies, collected minority dolls and action figures to support Toys for Tots in rememberance of (fallen firefighter) Brenda Cowan, and organized a food drive for Friday backpacks to support students in need."
During the annual Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy dinner Jan. 18 at the Embassy Suites, the Lexington graduate chapter also recognized the Alpha League, a mentoring group for young men of color, as an Outstanding Organization. In addition, this year’s Spirit of Ivy honors went to several Lexington-area women who have displayed strength and endurance in facing and overcoming obstacles. For more information, please email the chapter.