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Gold Tree Awarded to Green Schools

May 20, 2019

Dunbar has received Gold Tree status in Fayette County. Schools in the top 10% of all FCPS schools are recognized for achieving exemplary status in the two areas of energy sustainability and student wellness. Dunbar also received the Silver Tree status in environmental literacy. These three areas of FCPS sustainability focus on how schools use and get rid of resources, as well as mental wellness ...

How Lexington’s New Recycling Policy Will Affect Dunbar

How Lexington’s New Recycling Policy Will Affect Dunbar

May 20, 2019

In an article posted on lexingtonky.gov, the City of Lexington will temporarily suspend paper recycling. Figures provided by the city, as referenced in this Herald-Leader article, show a nearly $500,000 loss in 2018 from recycling paper, as well as a $424,028 net loss from 2011-2018. Due to the expenses that recycling paper incurs, Lexington's Recycling Center decided that it could no longer afford to recycl...

Legendary Golfer wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

Legendary Golfer wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 17, 2019

Tiger Woods was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor by President Donald Trump on April 6 where he was described as a "true legend" who has transformed golf. He is the fourth golfer to earn this award in addition to being the youngest. "This evening, we are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance," Trump said...

Georgia and Alabama Enact Abortion Laws

Georgia and Alabama Enact Abortion Laws

May 17, 2019

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia recently signed the fetal heartbeat into law. Soon after, Alabama followed their lead and did the same. The legality of these laws is controversial, and many lawmakers goals are to have the Supreme Court reevaluate 1973’s Roe v. Wade. The fetal heartbeat law in Georgia states that it is illegal to have an abortion as soon as a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected....

Florida Teachers Are Now Allowed to Enter Schools Armed

Florida Teachers Are Now Allowed to Enter Schools Armed

May 9, 2019

The Florida House of Representatives passed a new bill that will expand the already existing Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which is named after the assistant football coach who passed away protecting students in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. This is the program that allows faculty members to carry weapons, as long as they don’t “exclusively perform classroom duties” according ...

Controversy at the 145th Kentucky Derby

Controversy at the 145th Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2019

After a tense race at a rainy Churchill Downs, Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez thought that he had just won his first Kentucky Derby. But that didn't last long. In a stunning turn of events, the first horse who crossed the finish line of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby was not declared the winner. After a lengthy inquiry, Maximum Security was disqualified and Country House was named the winn...

The Fire at Notre Dame was a Tragedy for the World

The Fire at Notre Dame was a Tragedy for the World

April 17, 2019

Shocking news struck the people of Paris when a major fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15. This building was being renovated is still burning. Citizens stood by and watched as the iconic spire at the top of the cathedral collapsed into ashes. “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” said a Notre Dame spokesperson. A security perimeter was set up by firefighters who arrived on the scene with four larg...

Teen Climate Activist Sparks Worldwide Movement

Teen Climate Activist Sparks Worldwide Movement

March 30, 2019

If awarded with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for climate change activism, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden will be the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. She was nominated for sparking an international movement to fight and end climate change worldwide. As a self-proclaimed “climate activist,” Thunberg organized her first protest on climate change in August of 2018, protesting in fro...

Phones Down, Heads Up

March 17, 2019

In July 2009, 21-year-old Casey Feldman was hit and killed by a distracted driver. Her parents, Dianne Andersen and Joel Feldman, founded the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation that same year. "End Distracted Driving" is a project from the CFMF in order to save lives from distracted driving by educating drivers, acting upon the issue and advocating against it. According to the United States ...

How to Be Involved on International Women’s Day

How to Be Involved on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

In 1769, The United States decreed that women could not own property in their name, or keep earned wages. In 1848, The Seneca Falls Convention was held, and the 300 attendees signed The Declaration of Sentiments, which consisted of a list of grievances made by women. In 1920, women were finally allowed to vote by the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. And in 1975, March 8th was decl...

Still Fighting for a Voice

Still Fighting for a Voice

March 1, 2019

School was cancelled on Thursday, February 28, because according to FCPS, 40% of Fayette County teachers had unfilled absences. This “sick out” was in response to the discussion of House Bill 525 and included the two largest school districts in the state, Jefferson and Fayette counties, as well as Boyd, Letcher, Carter, Bath, Madison, and Marion. Kentucky teachers have been fighting...

Migration Theme for 2019 Black History Month

Migration Theme for 2019 Black History Month

February 11, 2019

There are many memorable figures who are honored during Black History Month, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Louis Armstrong, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama. Also, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, in coordination with Carter G. Woodson, founded Black History Month ...