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Central Kentuckians 'Stuff the Bus' for local school children
It's that time again - children all around Kentucky are diving into a new school year. Unfortunately, not all parents can afford the sometimes long list of school supplies. But folks in one central Kentucky county recently gathered to "Stuff the Bus" to help all students enjoy a great start.
"Many families face the dilemma of buying school supplies for their children," said Marisa FitzGerald Aull, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Jessamine County. "School supplies are an essential part of the learning process, and many families are struggling right now and just can't afford to purchase these items."
FitzGerald Aull partnered with Office Depot and the Jessamine County Schools Family Resource Centers at to host Stuff the Bus, a two-day drive to collect school supplies in the Office Depot parking lot and literally stuff a school bus full of items for area school children.
"The economy is really challenging, and we've got 200 to 300 students who won't have the basic supplies on day one,"...
Family and consumer sciences agents to host frugal bridal program
In the current economy, it is hard for many people to afford necessities, much less save money for additional expenses, such as weddings. To help brides-to-be discover more affordable wedding choices, family and consumer sciences agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host The Frugal Bride.
The cost-saving bridal program will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at Providence...
Morehead Homemakers exchange items with group from Alaska
More than 4,100 miles separate Morehead from Seward, Alaska, but the distance between the two seems a little shorter these days thanks to an exchange between Morehead's Town and Country Homemaker Club and the Marathon...
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Operation Military Kids Camp provides family bonding experience
More than 40 U.S. military families spent quality time together during recent Operation Military Kids Camps. Members of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosted the camps at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp and West Kentucky 4-H Camp.
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UK All Commodity Field Day returns to Princeton in July
It's time for the biennial showcase in Princeton of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's latest research and extension work - work that is not only conducted on its western Kentucky research station, but throughout the entire college. This year's event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 23 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton...
Quilt block gardens add colorful attraction to northeast Kentucky
A colorful agritourism attraction has bloomed in northeast Kentucky with help from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Quilt block gardens are now popping up across a five-county area.
Donna Fryman, family and consumer sciences agent in Fleming County, first saw the flower gardens in an article about Elkhart, Ind. in a tourism magazine. She...
Environmental education draws connections to nature, hometown
Elliott County seventh graders learned about interconnection and interdependency in nature and humans' roles in the environment as they spun their own "web of life" with help from staff of the county's University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
The "web of life" was one of the environmental subjects recently taught to the students...
UK nutrition study shows positive improvements in Ky. schools
Many Kentucky schools have implemented healthy nutrition practices since 2002, according to preliminary findings of the 2008 School Nutrition Survey led by Janet Tietyen, food and nutrition specialist with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
"We are very proud of the progress Kentucky communities are making to become places where it's easier to live a healthy life," she said. "In the past six years, Kentucky schools have made tremendous strides toward a better environment for healthy eating and active living."
Taste of the Month brings hard-to-find foods to east Kentucky school
Boiled shrimp, provolone cheese, fresh mandarin oranges - these items may sound pretty common to folks living in metropolitan areas. But, for those in rural communities, these items are hard to come by.
"Several years ago, I was doing a 4-H lesson on quesadillas, and the kids didn't have a clue what they were; we didn't have any Mexican...
Nutrition and food science opens state-of-the-art demonstration lab
The University of Kentucky Department of Nutrition and Food Science recently opened a new demonstration lab to enhance the department's educational offerings for students, Cooperative Extension staff and Kentucky residents.
"We wanted to provide a state-of-the-art facility for our students," said Janet Kurzynske...