Local educators plan a Revolution

The News Enterprise
September 17, 2010

Local players in education want a revolution, and they want it to happen an hour at a time.

The North Central Education Foundation pilots a mentoring program called One Hour Revolution in which adults or high school students spend an hour a week at school with a student. The program is being tested in Hardin County Schools district.

The foundation presented the program at Monday's Radcliff Chamber of Commerce luncheon and is seeking volunteers, said foundation member Davette Swiney.

The plan is to expand the program and bring it to the other chambers as well, Swiney said.

Jo Emary, executive director of the Radcliff chamber, is helping drive the program with the foundation. Emary has mentored a student at Meadow View Elementary School since the Class of 2009 Radcliff/Vine Grove Leadership Program.

Emary has been hooked ever since, and feels the program has made a huge difference in her life.

"I just said, anyone can do this, anyone who cares," she said.

Emary suggested starting a mentoring program at an education roundtable hosted by the education foundation, and she led the subcommittee to get it started.

HCS Superintendent Nannette Johnston said the foundation asked area leaders about ways to further community involvement.

"This mentoring program is the perfect solution," she said in a statement. "Community leaders can come into our schools and share their time with our children. They can help build children's confidence and share real-life experiences with them. This can only help a child reach greater heights of success."

Emary said she spends her hour with her student in a variety of ways, from playing games to helping him with his homework. But she insists he's not the only one to benefit.

"He gives me more than I give him," she said.

Those interested in volunteering specifically with children whose parents are in the military can contact Jill Grant with Big Brothers Big Sisters at (270) 769-5225. All others can contact John Wright at HCS at (270) 769-8867.

Kelly R. Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.

This story, written by Kelly R. Cantrall, was provided to One Knox courtesy of The News Enterprise. Read more stories from The News Enterprise at www.thenewsenterprise.com.