Board of Supervisors last week was asked to provide funding
assistance for a new after-school program.
Outreach of Buchanan County Director Belinda Honaker, who is
leading the campaign for the Playing Instruments Changes
Kids (PICK) program, informed the board a $20,000 grant had
been secured by the group to partially fund the effort.
Honaker originally approached the board in May requesting up
again asked the board to consider funding the project last
Monday, explaining the group estimates $57,812 will be
needed for PICK's 2007-08 budget, if the program gets off
the ground. Minus the grant amount, $37,812 is still
required in order for the program to be fully funded.
aims to teach students in grades 3-12 about Appalachian
music heritage through the use of musical instruments. The
program's estimated budget is based on an enrollment of
approximately 200 students.
May, the board expressed concerns of whether PICK would
would conflict with other after-school programs already in
place in the county. Honaker reiterated last week PICK would
be a countywide program, different than most existing
Supervisor Pat Justus questioned whether such a program was
needed in his community, citing the fact that a music
program currently exists on Tuesday and Thursday nights at
the Hurley Park. That program is not a school-sponsored
activity, he said.
chance of us reaching them and helping them is far greater
if we have these programs in our schools," Honaker
countered, claiming programs such as PICK are proven to
combat activities such as drug use, as well as contribute to
better overall grades in school.
Grundy Supervisor Roger Rife asked whether Honaker had
considered soliciting volunteers for the program. She said
volunteers are already in place, and PICK advisory board
members will be hand-selecting music instructors.
Approximately $28,000 of the total program budget would go
toward instructor salaries, she added.
already a proven success," said Steve Hamro, III,
Garden School Board Member, attending the meeting to voice
his support of the program. "I think it deserves a
chance. It's something for every community."
Supervisor Buddy Fuller asked Hamro whether PICK was a
project the School Board could take on. Hamro said he felt
confident the board would support it, but funding for the
program would still have to be sought from the Board of
said the $20,000 grant would be awarded to the group if a
match is found soon, but that they risk losing the funds
altogether if the county opts against supporting the program
or if they are forced to wait and ask the School Board for
a possibility we will lose that grant," Honaker said.
board took no action regarding Honaker's request at the
at the meeting, Steve Stacy addressed the board, explaining
this year's Rally in the Coalfields event at Poplar Gap Park
was a success. Riders from multiple states, including
Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas, among
others, were in attendance for the weekend. Around $1,700 in
prizes were awarded to children during the event, he said,
and the event itself broke even for the weekend as more
attendance was recorded than previous years.
of the highlights of the weekend, he added, was watching a
93-year-old woman take her very first ride on a motorcycle.
also presented a check for $300 to the board to cover any
electricity used during the May 25-27 event.
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