Clarkson Elementary School recognized several of its students, staff, and volunteers during the Thursday, April 14 Grayson County School Board meeting.
Clarkson Elementary School Fifth Grader Nathan Whobrey was first recognized for winning the Grayson County and the 4th District portions of the Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Association (KRTA) “AARP Grandparent of the Year” essay contest.
Whobrey is among thousands of Kentucky fifth graders who participated in the annual essay competition from schools in 102 Kentucky counties.
For the past 15 years, AARP Kentucky and the KRTA have sponsored the statewide competition.
Grayson County Retired Teachers’ Association (GCRTA) President Glenda Goff said there is a growing need for grandparents’ raising school children, as data from the 2010 Census showed that nearly 87,000 grandchildren in Kentucky live with grandparents who are householders.
Almost 48,000 of these children live in homes where the grandparent householder is responsible for them, Goff said.
Nathan Whobrey, the son of Tonya Whobrey and Tommy Whobrey, received an engraved plaque and awards totaling $85 during the School Board meeting for his efforts.
Nathan Whobrey’s essay was about his great-grandmother, Imogene McKinney, of Leitchfield.
“I’m really proud of him and his great-grandmother,” said Goff.
The next GCRTA bi-monthly meeting will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the new Grayson County Board of Education building on Shaw Station Road. All retired teachers in Grayson County are invited to attend.
Additionally, Clarkson Elementary School Principal Erika DeVore recognized numerous students for academic achievement.
DeVore also recognized Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith and Clarkson Police Officer Rick Clemons; PTO Officers Amy Collins, Shannon Rogers, and Jaime Bratcher; classified staff members Laura Hughes and Missy Bratcher; and Elizabeth Thomas, a parent of a student at Clarkson Elementary, for their services to the school.
“Clarkson Elementary is the biggest asset within the city; therefore, working with and protecting the school is a top priority for Clarkson Police,” said Meredith of the recognition.
In other business:
*Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson also presented DeVore with an Energy STAR Award on behalf of Clarkson Elementary School.
Robinson also said that the Grayson County school district was recently recognized as one of 111 Kentucky school districts that exceeded their College and Career Readiness goals set in 2011.
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