Lacy Elementary and Kentucky New Era Partnership in Education

Lacy Elementary is a Partner in Education with the Kentucky New Era

Dear Lacy Elementary Students, Faculty, Families and friends

Through a program developed by the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce and the Christian County Public Schools, the Kentucky New Era newspaper and Lacy Elementary School became Partners in Education in the fall of 2010. The focus of the program is to pair businesses and organizations with a school to support and encourage student achievement goals by interjecting real world applications.

Taylor Hayes, publisher of the Kentucky New Era, Chris Bentzel, Principal and members of both staffs met numerous times during the fall of 2010 exploring opportunities on how the newspaper could support efforts already taking place. After several meetings, we agreed to involve the two fifth grade classes experiencing “On demand writing” with a real world project.

What developed was The Lacy Ledger, a newspaper about the people and culture of Lacy Elementary written by the students. As of spring 2012 the fifth grade classes the past two years have published four editions (two each school year).

With authentic writing being at the forefront of Lacy school-wide initiatives, we delighted in the opportunity to form this partnership with the Kentucky New Era. Lacy 5th grade students value the experience as they actively engage in writing, editing, and publishing tasks.

The Kentucky New Era has not only awakened students’ eyes to the excitement of authentic writing but offered Lacy Elementary students a chance to collaborate and dive into real world experiences. Representatives from KNE continually visit Lacy fifth grade students and offer guidance and support throughout the entire writing process.

We are proud of our steps within the partnership and look forward to building on the relationship to bring about even greater achievement to our students at Lacy Elementary.


Taylor W. Hayes
CEO / Publisher
Kentucky New Era
Chris Bentzel
Lacy Elementary School

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Lacy Ledger 

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