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A few weeks ago, we included a picture we thought was the Hildreth School, but turned out to be the Blue Licks School.
Mission group reflects on trip to Haiti
by Ross Haney
Members of the Carlisle Christian Church that attended this mission said that their lives were changed greatly by the inspiring trip to Haiti. They met at their church on Sunday, Aug. 10 to talk about their trip to Haiti, and the moving message that was instilled in them following its completion.
Tony Smith, the church’s youth leader, who also went on the mission trip to Haiti, began the program with a general overview of the trip, and presented a slideshow, packed with pictures of the group in Haiti, at work on the day’s projects, and at play with the children of the orphanage. Mr. Smith went through the group’s day-by-day operations, and shared many tidbits of the group’s personal experiences.
Mission trip attendee, Kenzie Hopkins, then shared about the Haitian food that the group tasted while in the country. She described most of the food as “pretty good,” although some of the food was extremely different from to what they had been accustomed.
Aimee Johnson then spoke about Tony Jones, nicknamed “The Coffee Guy,” a missionary who lives in Haiti, helping the citizens in the nation to become able to provide for themselves when they are left on their own. Tony Jones’ business helps the Haitians to sell their coffee and make money for their families, more than they could make in just their own country. The coffee was brewed at the church that night for all present to taste and enjoy. The coffee can be bought on More than Coffee’s website.
Stephanie Smith was the next to speak, and chose to talk about Haiti Made, a company that helps to teach children and adults coming out of the orphanages to make products and be productive members of society.
Dani Johnson was the next to speak. “This trip to Haiti was absolutely life-changing.” Dani said. “When we first started talking about Haiti, I was just kind of like, ‘Yea, this would be a cool thing for me to do.’ I always wanted to help people, and travel, so I thought this would be fun. I was excited about the impact I thought I was going to make. So I committed, and we fundraised all throughout the year…When we got down there, it was about three days in that I realized that I wasn’t the one who was giving. The kids there, the people there, they were the ones that were giving to me, and who taught me.” Olivia Mattox and the three younger members of the group, Reese and Ryan Johnson and Kayleigh-Ann Smith, then told a little about their portion of the slideshow and their experience in Haiti. Toby Howard then spoke about the group’s trip to the ocean and the kids of the orphanage.
“It’s indescribable – all of it’s indescribable.” Toby said. “What I can tell you now doesn’t do justice to what we all physically experienced. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, all combined was a beautiful, amazing, and breathtaking.”
Mike Johnson spoke about the work that was done by the group on the orphanage. The group helped Hands and Feet in the process of construction one of the organization’s new buildings in Haiti. Hannah Coldiron focused on the living conditions in Haiti, telling of houses and huts of the people in the area. It was said that most houses in the country weren’t finished – taxes were only paid on finished homes. Many lived in small huts that the group couldn’t imagine living in themselves. Tony Smith closed the night sharing some of his experience, and then concluded the ceremony with a word of prayer.
The trip to Haiti was inspiring and breathtaking for those who attended. The Carlisle Christian Church hopes to make a mission trip annual in their congregation.
YMCA after school program pending board approval
by Jessica Curran
The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA is working to implement afterschool program services in the Nichols County School system.
Representatives from the YMCA attended Readifest on Aug. 6 to assess the need for such programs in the community.
“There was an overwhelming positive response from parents that need and want these types of services for their children. We feel fortunate that we are able to fill that void and offer a safe fun environment for kids,” said Executive Director of the Paris-Bourbon County YMCA Cathy Boone.
The afterschool program in Nicholas County is pending approval from the Nicholas County Board of Education. The next step would be to obtain licensing from the state.
“We used to have an afterschool program and it worked real well here. Having something else that could come in would be a good tool for our parents and students to have as the years go on. When you have little ones, it’s hard. If there could be some place here at school that is secure and not as expensive as daycare it would be good,” said Mr. Marty Feltner, Superintendent of Nicholas County Schools.
The prices for the potential program are fee based and will be $48 a week for full time care and $38 a week for part time. Full time is considered four or five days a week and part time is three days or less.
Many families will qualify for financial assistance.
“The timing of this possible after school program couldn’t come at a better time. The application period has just recently re-opened for parents to apply for Kentucky’s Child Care Assista nce Program,” said Mrs. Boone.
The department had closed the program to applicants in April 2013 due to a budget shortfall. Eligibility guidelines were also dropped, which cut several thousand kids from the program and closed some daycare centers.
The program re-opened last week on Aug. 4.
The Board of Education meets Aug. 18 where the afterschool program will be a topic of discussion.
Cub Scout popcorn sales begin
Sam Vanhook, a now Webelos scout in Pack 50, sold more than $10,000 worth of merchandise for the scouts. He will be able to throw out the opening pitch at the Lexington Legends game on Friday, Aug. 15. He also earned many other prizes for his hard work on behalf the Boy Scouts of America.
The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have begun selling their popcorn for the 2014 selling season, and you will likely see them around the community.
Remember that purchasing from the Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts helps a local scout progress through the scouting program. Contact any scout or scout parent for more details regarding the purchase of these items. Cub Scout sign-ups for Pack 50 will be on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 pm in the NCES cafeteria. For information about joining Boy Scout Troop 50, please contact Marty or Heather Krut at (859) 405-5120.
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