Brenda Cowan Turns One

Brenda Cowan: group of people cutting a ribbon
Photo by Austin Johnson/HJ

Brenda Cowan Elementary celebrated their one year anniversary of their ribbon cutting and opening in August.


11,000 Boxes of Girls Scout Cookies

Girl Scouts of Kentucky made a historic donation of over 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to 49 local social service agencies throughout Central Kentucky. In addition, they contributed nearly 3,000 boxes of cookies to Kentucky senior living facilities as a result of its ‘Kentucky Girl Scouts Cookies for a Cause’ event in August.


Adrenaline in Hamburg closed “indefinitely”

Adrenaline Entertainment Center CEO Morgan Chapman announced in an August Facebook message that the Hamburg location “will be closed indefinitely,” and that “a manager will be in contact with customers needing refunds for birthdays and group events.”


Base110 offers new learning environment for kids

When Fayette County Public Schools made their announcement that the Fall semester was going to be a virtual start, Base110 launched a new membership benefit that offers an educational hub in the same building as a workspace. Base110 adapted their meeting and office spaces into safe, socially-distanced spaces for kids to have their virtual learning sessions. The membership packages include a private office space for parents to work while their child is supported and supervised during the school day by staff and facilitators, as well as Base110 amenities and high speed internet. Parents will need to be on-site to participate in this program.


BGCF Awards Grants to Aid Virtual Learning

Blue Grass Community Foundation and its fundholders awarded $120,000 in grants to community organizations to facilitate the transition to virtual learning for educators and students.


FCPS school-based health clinics modify schedules

Beginning on August 24, the clinics at Arlington, Booker T. Washington, and Mary Todd elementaries will be closed for in-person services while FCPS is operating in Non-Traditional Instruction or virtual learning.


Fund awarded to Frederick Douglass Bass Fishing organization

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund
donates $5,000 to Frederick Douglass Bass Fishing organization to provide
outdoor fun
for children with special needs

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to support the Frederick Douglass Bass Fishing organization, a local nonprofit that provides informational opportunities regarding boating, safety and fishing to area communities. The money will support the Fayette County Special Needs Fishing Expo where children with special needs will be presented opportunities to participate in outdoor activities.


Junior Achievement president retires

President Lynn Hudgins will retire from Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass on November 6, 2020. Hudgins has served as president of Junior Achievement since 1998.

Hudgins spearheaded the completion of the JA BizTown facility, which opened in 2017. At JA Biztown students learn how businesses work through activities that reflect the operations of major storefront partners such as CHI Saint Joseph Health, Forcht Bank, Keeneland, and UK Healthcare.


Little Explorers

Raven Run’s Little Explorers program designed for K–5th grade visitors who want to explore the park and get a chance to complete an art project is on Saturday, September 26 at 10 am. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program, call ahead to register.


The MacAdam Early Childhood Education & Literacy Fund grants will allow the following organizations to provide virtual services and adjust to the challenges of the pandemic:

  • Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
  • Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
  • Common Good Development Corporation
  • Community Action Council
  • Fayette County Public Schools (Specifically for First 5 Lex)
  • Foster Care Council of Lexington
  • Lexington Public Library Foundation
  • Mentors & Meals
  • The Nest -Center for Women, Children & Families
  • The Salvation Army (Specifically for the Early Learning Center)●Visually Impaired Preschool Services
  • YMCA of Central Kentucky (Specifically for Power Scholars Academy)


Virtual Derby Bike Ride to benefit Brenda Cowan

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with a Virtual Derby Bike Ride on Saturday, September 5 at 9 am. Walnut Hill Church will donate all of the funds raised by riders to Brenda Cowan School to supply students with digital books.


Virtual theater school fall schedule announced

Lexington Children’s Theatre announced a Virtual Fall Theatre School with a range of classes available to take online for a variety of ages and skill levels.


Tyler Murphy, FCPS School Board

Tonight, district administrators reviewed the KHSAA protocols for athletics with the Board as well as the procedures in place for conditioning during the summer. Administrators informed us that, based on these protocols and the experience during summer conditioning, they have decided to proceed with fall athletics in accordance with the guidelines issued by the KHSAA. I know emotions have been strong on this issue and I know that our student athletes always work exceptionally hard for the opportunity to play. It’s important to recognize that ensuring that our students get to play a full season in every sport is contingent on our actions and our behavior. The most important priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our athletes, our staff, and their families. Our athletes and coaching staff have worked hard during conditioning to protect the health and safety of all involved. The circumstances could change quickly and the administration has the discretion to make those decisions. The quickest way for us to return to school and return to the athletic competition with which we are most familiar will require us doing our part–hands, face, and space. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. I know our coaching staff and our student athletes–many of whom have reached out to us in this process with civil and respectful messages–are committed to following the guidelines. We must share in that commitment as a community. Fayette County begins remote instruction Fayette County Public Schools began the school year with NTI 2DL (Differentiated Distance Learning) in August.


This article also appears on page 10 and 11 of the September 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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