First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Visits New Highland Elementary to Honor Family Resource Center

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Season Prewitt

Lisa Wallace

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited New Highland Elementary School today to recognize the school’s family resource center’s outstanding achievement. The visit was the first stop on the First Lady’s tour this month of several family resource and youth services centers.

“I wanted to kick off this tour by visiting a school with a center that sets the standard for excellence in service to students and their families,” the First Lady said. “New Highland is among the most responsive, innovative and effective centers of its kind, making it a great first stop on this tour.”

Created by the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, FRYSCs help students succeed in the classroom by connecting families and students to local social, family, health and other assistance resources. Family resource centers serve elementary schools, and youth services centers serve middle and high schools.

Kentucky’s FRYSC network is the largest school-based family support initiative in the nation.

Family resource and youth services centers serve schools where at least 20 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Centers receive annual funding based on $210 per student who qualifies for free school meals. At New Highland Elementary, 55.3 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) administers the FRYSCs in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education and local school administrators, educators and support staff.

“FRYSCs help address health, social and related factors that often can impede a child’s progress in school,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “We are delighted to honor this center for all it means to the students and their families, staff, faculty and administrators at New Highland Elementary.”

More than 820 centers operate around the state, serving more than 613,000 public school students and their families.