FRYSC reception thanks lawmakers and welcomes newcomers
Fayette County Public Schools hosted a March 11 reception at Keeneland to thank state legislators for supporting its Family Resource Centers and Youth Services Centers. The occasion also celebrated the opening of several new sites in 2019:
- Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary FRC, led by coordinator Barbara Demus;
- Family First Resource Center, a shared effort at Clays Mill, Stonewall, and Veterans Park elementaries, with FRC coordinator Allison Green;
- Lexington Traditional Magnet School YSC, led by Myra Parks; and
- Paul Laurence Dunbar High School YSC, with coordinator Shakira Goldsmith-Mason.
The ribbon-cutting event included YSC coordinator Erica Jackson, whose centers at the STEAM Academy and The Learning Center opened the previous school year.
Mary Ann Jennings, the Region 10 manager, noted that people recognize the value of the centers’ work throughout the school district. “We know students need the services and resources you provide every day,” she said. Jennings also called on the new coordinators to bring fresh ideas for engaging families and the local community.
Paula Hunter, president of the FRYSC Kentucky coalition, echoed her remarks. “Every FRYSC has different needs, and you all are doing an amazing job,” she told the group, which included coordinators from several Lexington sites. “I appreciate you all.”
Students did not attend the reception, but their input was evident. A class from Locust Trace AgriScience Center provided the flower arrangements, students from several middle and high schools made the desserts, and elementary children decorated framed horseshoes as part of the legislators’ gifts.