West Kentucky Rural Electric honors Graves FRYSC directors, donates to school district’s backpack program

“We became involved originally with the FRYSC (family resource and youth services centers) staff through our support of the Backpack Programs. We’ve been able now to contribute $7,500 over the last three years here in Graves County,” said West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation communications and media relations coordinator Georgann Lookofsky. “That has brought us closer to the FRYSC staff, to seeing the work that they do, and to appreciating all the contributions they make to serve students and families in need.” She spoke immediately after a special event her organization sponsored.

“We had a very nice luncheon, that the co-op chose to cater for us and our partners from the Purchase Area Development District office, to target the Backpack Program,” said Wingo Elementary School family resource center director Tana Jones. “We also share a community partnership on a lot of different levels. Georgann spoke about co-op speakers who visit classrooms, linemen who present demonstrations so students learn how electricity works, some of their employees are mentors for our kids, and much more. It covers a broader spectrum.”

“One of the cooperative’s seven core principles is concern for community,” said WKRECC president and chief executive officer David Smart. “So, we take great pride in working with others here to better the community as well. And, what better way to start than with folks who have a heart for making life better for so many children here? It’s well-known and a given factor that almost every person who has been called to be an educator puts a lot of personal sacrifice into that calling. It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. For us to be just a small part of stepping in to assist and honor them in this calling they have, we take great pride in being able to be part of the support system they need to do the work that they do,”

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West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation recently donated some $2,500 to the Graves County Schools Backpack Program. That project sends home food and other supplies with children on weekends to help those students and their families in need. The contribution brings to $7,500 the co-op’s support during the past three years. The Purchase Area Development District also partners in that project. Additionally, WKRECC provided a luncheon for directors and staff of the school district’s family resource and youth services centers, also known as FRYSCs. Pictured, from left, are David Smart, Kallie Colley, Kaye Horn, Frances Hamilton, Deana Burkeen, Chad Willett, Stacie Harris, Eddie Wright, Jean Ann Miller, Jean Ann Davenport, Mike Duncan, Denise Hendley, Monique Zuber, Shellie Gardner, Christy Puckett, and Tana Jones.

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