Partnerships between the school, families, and the community are crucial for a successful school environment, as we prepare out students for roles in future society. Here at Auburn School, we are grateful for the families and community volunteers from all walks of life that enrich our school by so generously giving of their time and talents. From preschool to eighth grade, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to with our great community partners!
Preschool students in both the morning and afternoon sessions of Mrs. Andrea Coleman and Mrs. Andrea Scott visited the Russellville-Logan County Airport, as part of their study about airports. Steve Dilliha provided students with a tour of the different parts of the airport, as well as explaining how the runways and planes worked. All of the students had a wonderful time and really enjoyed getting to see the parts of the airport, including seeing a plane take off!
Mrs. Staci Hughes’ students enjoyed an opportunity to Skype with one of their classmates, Aslyn Pawley, while she was visiting the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, on a visit to New York City with her parents. The class asked questions about New York City and how it compared to Auburn, Kentucky. Upon returning to school, Aslyn and her mother presented a PowerPoint showing us all the places they visited in New York City. Aslyn talked about riding the Subway, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, a natural history museum, and many other places and how these compared to living in Auburn.
Through the school library, all grade levels recently participated in an annual interactive presentation from the Kentucky Derby Museum Outreach Program in Louisville. Speaker Heather Hill prepared a variety of programs connecting to all areas of the school curriculum. From the history of Thoroughbred racing, to science on the track, to economics of the Derby, to storytelling, students participated thoroughly in each program.
Fourth grade students have been fortunate to participate in a variety of programs with community partners in science and practical living in the last few months. Kay Coombs with Atmos Energy presented Let’Save Energy. Rachel Hance, Logan County extension agent for family and consumer sciences, conducted four “Wellness” sessions. These sessions focused on healthy eating habits, fat content in foods, sugar content in foods, and how to build strong bones. Mrs. Hance has been instrumental throughout the year in helping educate many students here at Auburn, and all fourth-grade teachers are extremely grateful for her continuing dedication and service to Auburn School.
Auburn School hosted multiple community partners on March 22 for our annual Career Day. Students had the opportunity to hear four different speakers at each grade level, participate in their presentations, and ask questions about their careers. Hope Strode, Family Resource director, and Rhonda Powell, guidance counselor, recruited and coordinated our speakers this year. We would like to thank each and every person who gave so generously of their time to inspire our students in their future careers! Thank you to the following:
• Meaghan Ritchie, FMD teacher at Auburn School, who presented about her studies abroad in Rome, Italy
• Chris McGinnis, broadcaster and owner of WRUS
• Dr. Barry Goley, Logan County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel, who presented about being a counselor and the education required.
• Logan County EMS
• Teresa Hughes, Veterinarian
• Barry Eaton, Kentucky State Police
• Brad Ashby, Pharmacist at Heartland Pharmacy
• Crystal Cavanah, Broker at Countrywide Realty, Owning a Real Estate Business
• Brandy Trimble, Logan County Health Department, Health Educator
• Cheryl Allen, Russellville Rural Fire Chief
• April Triplett, Logan Memorial Hospital, Marketing/Business Development
• Alison Frederick, LCHS College and Career Counselor
Students and staff joined together on Friday, April 1, by wearing blue in support of those on the Autism Spectrum, as part of the annual “Light it up BLUE for Autism!” event. Several staff members ordered shirts for the event from local printing company, DPI. Paraeducator Melissa Campbell, helped to organize the event at Auburn, which also included raising money to provide service dogs to individuals in our community with autism.