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FCPS releases details about life celebrations for Caulk

The following events have been planned by various members of the community to celebrate and honor the life of Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk, who passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. 

Student-led candlelight vigil

Friday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. outside 701 E. Main St.

Students from across Fayette County are coordinating a candlelight vigil outside of the old central office building; flameless candles will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers and will have the opportunity to write a message on cards available on site. There will be a brief program and opportunity for individuals to share their experiences and thoughts about Superintendent Caulk. Parking is a challenge, so plan accordingly. Social distancing between households and masks will be required.

Drive-thru visitation

Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church Bracktown, 3016 Bracktown Rd.

To protect the health of the community in light of COVID-19, the public is invited to pay their respects during a drive-thru visitation celebrating Caulk’s life. For the safety of all, it is recommended that participants not carpool with anyone outside of their household.  There will no opportunity to stop or get out of your vehicle. Student representatives from FCPS high schools will serve as honorary pallbearers. Cars should begin lining up near the entrance to Masterson Station Park near the intersection of Leestown Road and Ruffian Way. Participants should follow the directional signage and directions of officers from the Lexington Police and FCPS Police departments.

Celebration of Life

Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Bracktown

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Celebration of Life service will be limited to family members only. The service will be livestreamed and available for the public to watch on Vimeo or Facebook. A slideshow will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the live feed. Flowers, wreaths, and sprays are encouraged and should be delivered to the church before the drive-thru visitation begins.

Manny Caulk Memorial Scholarship Fund

After his selection as the 2019 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year included a $2,500 scholarship for a high school graduate funded by American Fidelity, Caulk pledged to continue to fund an annual scholarship out of his own pocket. A memorial scholarship fund to continue this legacy has been established through the Fayette County Public Schools Foundation managed by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Scholarship donations can be made online or mailed to The Fayette Education Foundation, c/o Manny Caulk Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 910951, Lexington KY 40591-0951.

Cards and tributes

Memories, condolences, and celebrations are being collected online and will be shared with Caulk’s family. Cards can also be mailed to the Family of Emmanuel Caulk, 450 Park Place, Lexington KY 40511.

Student-led toy drive

In honor of Caulk, students from Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Tates Creek high schools are working together to host a toy drive to benefit FCPS elementary students in need this holiday season. All brand new items will be welcomed. Donations can be dropped off at any of the six high schools between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays Dec. 10-16.

(Posted Dec. 9, 2020)

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 699-1441