March 12– The Community Education Board met for the first time, including the Model City Coordinator
March 26– Goals of hiring a full-time director and opening two pilot schools in city and county were established
June 22– Dr. Don Butler is hired by Community Education Board as the first director of Community Education
September 5– Phone survey conducted to obtain information on community school programming
Fall– First classes offered and first theater production presented
June– Interlocal agreement signed between Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Public school districts, the city of Bowling Green, and Warren County Fiscal Court in support of Community Education
March– Enrichment classes offered in 14 schools and centers with 1,100 participants
October– Enrichment classes offered in 13 schools with more than 70 activities and more than 7,000 participants
September– Pam Sarrett is hired as Community Education director
Fall– 86 Enrichment classes are offered throughout the city and county
Fall– Volunteer program initiated
Enrichment classes offered at 24 sites
Enrichment classes offered at 31 sites
Summer– A summer program for children initiated
Fall– After-school program began at McNeill Elementary
Winter– After-school program began at Potter Gray Elementary
Fall– Youth Volunteerism program initiated
Winter– Rape Crisis Center started; ACTION grant funded latch-key program
Fall– Youth Offender program run through Community Education
Fall– After-school care expands to four more sites; Youth program serves 565 youth who performed more than 10,000 service hours
January– Magic Me tutoring program begun at Girls’ Club
Mayor’s Youth Service Awards
Summer– Super Summer Club offered at two elementary schools
Fall– After-school care expands to a total of seven sites
Community Education loses its home due to fire and water damage at High Street Community Center
November– Frank Brown is hired as Community Education director
Summer– Full day, all summer programming offered. Nancy Firkins hired as Community Education director
Fall– After-school care offered in nine schools serving 350 children
Summer– Full day, all summer programming served 200 students at two elementary schools
Service-learning initiated at the Alternative School; after-school care offered in 12 elementary schools
Youth Activities Program began to serve middle school youth during summer; kindergarten wraparound (K-Care) program served half-day kindergarten students at McNeill Elementary
K-Care expands to four sites; AmeriCorps VISTA Service Learning program in middle and high schools; after-school care grew to 14 sites with 530 students
Along with co-sponsor Western Kentucky University Resource and Referral Department of Childcare Services, the first-ever Stand for Children Day is held in Bowling Green-Warren County.
June– Debi Wade Jordan selected as executive director of Community Education
September– Collaborated with Bowling Green Independent School District to offer two 21st Century Learning Center after-school programs; the total number of after-school programs increased to 15 and one before-school program; 838 children served in all mentioned programs
Spring– Offered on-line enrichment classes for the first time
August– Offered after-school programs at 16 elementary schools; offered before-school programs at three elementary schools; received state Department of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention grant to offer after-school programming at Bowling Green Junior High School; began after-school program at Moss Middle School; 1,075 children served in all mentioned programs
Spring- Enrichment classes continue to grow; continued to offer on-line as well as traditional courses serving 667 participants for 2001-2002
Summer- Community Education offered two elementary all-day, all summer Super Summer Clubs and one middle school Youth Activities Program serving about 500 children; returned to offering summer enrichment classes for the first time in several years
August- Added an after-school program at Drakes Creek Middle School; served a total of 1,223 children in all before- and after-school programs at 16 elementary and three middle schools; Community Education employees now number 10 full-time staff members, about 120 part-time staff members, and several enrichment instructors
- Served 1,270 children and youth in before- and after-school programs
- Awarded service-learning mini-grants to teachers and staff in both school districts
- Provided anti-bullying, service learning, developmental assets, volunteer and volunteer management training. Enrichment classes offered in two long sessions (spring and fall) and two short sessions (winter and summer)
- Along with co-sponsor Bowling Green High School Youth Service Center, the first Summer Activities Fair was held for summer camps/programs for students in K-12th grade
February– Hosted first adult spelling bee fundraiser – Spellabration – to address decreasing funding and increasing costs for programs.
October– Purchased property from Dr. Clark Carthrae to build a permanent home for Community Education. The building was designed by Ben Holton of Williams Associates Architects and was constructed by Smith and Smith Contracting.
November- Hosted ribbon cutting for the new office building at 1227 Westen St.
Fall– Created Teen Angel, a Christmas assistance program, to meet the needs of teenagers who no longer qualified for assistance through another long-standing program. Partnerships with the BGISD and WCPS’s Youth Services Centers, the Ministerial Association, Vision- a multi-agency Council, and other local agencies were forged to create this program which served 98 teens this first year.
Fall- Added school-age programming at the newly constructed Jody Richards Elementary School
Fall- The first-ever Blockbusters at the Ballpark, Community Education’s new fundraiser, is held at the Bowling Green Ballpark (home of the Hot Rods) to replace the long-running Spellabration. The blockbusters shown were “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the Disney animated movie, “Big Hero 6”.
Fall- Added school-age programming at the newly constructed Jennings Creek Elementary School. Before-school programs are now in nine schools and after-school programs are now in 19 schools.
Fall- Debi Wade Jordan retired after more than 19 years as Executive Director. Bill Oldham, long-time Community Education board member and previous Advisory Council member, was hired as the new Executive Director.