Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012 - (Page 16)
Lawrence County: Working Together for the
By James Ellis, Director Lawrence County Adult and Community Education
n the evening of Friday, March 2, 2012, Lawrence County was rocked by an event unparalleled in its 190-year history. “I was astonished,” said Lawrence County Judge Executive John Osborne, who spent the entire night and the succeeding days surveying the damage and preparing an action plan. “The area just looked like a war zone. I don’t know how else to describe it. The areas we started checking that night, once we knew we could go out, were just devastated.” Osborne and the rest of Lawrence County were beginning a tragic odyssey that continues through the present, brought on by forceful winds of an F3 tornado that whipped 26 miles through an area where residents had always believed such an event could not occur. But it did. The storm blew away 30 homes, damaged hundreds of other residences and left hundreds without shelter and basic necessities.
“Under the worst of circumstances, Lawrence County students and staff stepped up to the plate.”
The fury claimed two lives – a Lawrence County High School freshman, Samantha Wood, and her grandmother, Joyce Chaffins, died when the home in which they lived on Spencer Branch was destroyed. Ten others were injured and required medical attention. Because of the devastation wrought on the county, residents went to work immediately, and prominent among the host of volunteers was a brigade of Lawrence County School District employees and students.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012
2012 Fred Award Winner: Jon Foote
2012 Leadership Awards
Hearts of Grace
President’s View: Caring for the Whole Child
Building a Bridge
2012 Student Video Contest
Lawrence County: Working Together for the Community
Breckinridge County Backpack Program
From the Executive Director’s Desk: How Much Should Schools Do?
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Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012