BOE 9 11MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/11/18) — Madisonville city officials and local bank officers presented a $4,000 donation Monday that will be used to benefit Hopkins County Schools students.

The funds were raised during Madisonville’s inaugural Back-to-School Mini Golf Scramble at Madisonville City Park’s recreational venue on its opening day Aug. 18.

Family Resource Centers coordinators were present to also receive several boxes of school supplies at Hopkins County Board of Education.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to open the Mini Golf facility by way of giving back to the youth in this community,” said City Councilman Adam Townsend, chairman of the city’s tourism committee. “It was nice to see the community come together.”

Council Chairman Mark Lee also noted the resource centers do great work with the students.

“To launch the miniature golf course, with the outpouring support of the community, was such a natural fit,” he said. “It was exciting to be a part of that.”

Resource coordinators said needs have always existed regarding students, and the community has stepped in with great assistance and awareness.

“We distribute the funds evenly in the district,” said April Devine, director of pupil personnel.

Randall Campbell of Madisonville North Hopkins High School said he uses a lot of resource funds for utility assistance and school stress relief programs in addition to scholarship application training. He likes to see students transition well.

“This is a great community,” Campbell said.

Christina Ostrander, Youth Service Center Coordinator for James Madison Middle School, said the funds are very appreciated, since grants are sparse.

“Most of the services we give to the students and the families are based on donations,” she said. “It helps so many programs,” including utilities, daily hygiene products and food for students.

Mayor David Jackson said in a statement that the city was glad to take part in helping students meet daily needs so they can stay focused on education.

The city reported partnering with Old National Bank and Go Madisonville to host the golf scramble and also collected school supplies leading up to the tournament last month. The city plans to make the golf scramble an annual event.

Doreen Dennis
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