FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/16/13) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Foundation is a participant in the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s first Kentucky Gives Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing nonprofits and Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth together for one powerful day of action. Proceeds raised April 24 will benefit the Kentucky Junior Historical Society (KJHS).
KJHS aims to transform students’ lives through the power of history. Each year, students complete research projects that cultivate skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. These projects could include collecting oral histories, restoring local landmarks, creating dramatic interpretations of historical events or developing websites. Students present their projects at regional and state competitions, hoping to represent Kentucky at National History Day each June.
“There are so few opportunities to allow students to explore history in a manner that has meaning to them,” says Merrill Punke, a KJHS chapter sponsor and teacher at Henderson South Middle School in Henderson County. “(The Kentucky Junior Historical Society) not only helps to develop strong academic skills, it makes learning personal and enjoyable. Students are able to deeply delve into history, to explore topics they might never have even considered, and often that falls outside of the typical curriculum. These programs expose students to a higher standard of academic excellence. They develop the confidence that they can succeed beyond high school.”
To donate, visit www.kygives.org and search “Kentucky Historical Society.” Donations made through Kentucky Gives Day are tax deductible and non-refundable. Contributions may be made via credit or debit card only and the minimum donation is $10. There is no maximum donation limit.
To learn more about KHS and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
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