futurestars 500

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/17/13) — The Delta Rural Project through Baptist Health and Madisonville Community College teamed up to create the Future Stars Program to target school related problems with minority students in elementary schools before reaching middle school.

 “What we do is go to the schools and work with the wellness initiative,” said Chris Price, Delta Project specialist. “Silas Matchem, the diversity program director of Madisonville Community College, decided he wanted to make a change with the minority kids. So this program was created to do so.”

Price said that there have been a lot of problems with academics and behaviors with minority students in local middle schools and they wanted to find a way to help prevent this from happening.

“We know that most of the problems were with the minority kids and that there is a disconnect somewhere,” said Price. “So, we decided to go ahead and attack the issue in elementary schools before they hit middle school and build a foundation with those kids. So once they get to middle school, they have sense of who they are and what they are supposed to be.”

Price believes that a lot of these minority students don’t have the encouragement they need at home or someone to connect with.

“We are trying to build a connection with these students,” said Price. “We are hoping that this bond will make a change.”

Price said they are currently working on providing the students with positive examples to follow by inviting minorities with successful careers within the community to come speak to them.

“We want to give them a positive example to follow,” said Price. “You don’t see a lot of minorities with higher positions in the communities, so It’s important to build their culture awareness. That’s why we want to bring in minorities to talk to the students to help bring a more positive influence.”

During a Kick-off at Pride Elementary, students participated in the Take 10! activity, which is a curriculum usage in classrooms that incorporates 10 minutes of physical activity breaks into the core curriculum.

Students also had the opportunity to listen to local community members with community leaders speak about how it is important to listen, learn and apply what is learned into something positive.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter
Photos by Amber Averitt

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Merle Travis Fans Pay Tribute to Thumbpicking Legend

POWDERLY, Ky. (1/31/15) — Merle Travis had to be smiling down from thumbpicking heaven Saturday when numerous musicians… Read More

UPDATED GAME STORY: Muhlenberg Mustangs Trample Visiting Apollo Eagles

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/31/15) — After facing a deficit at the conclusion of each of the first two quarters, host… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 18303

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 9651

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 28, 2015 7474

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 7290

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 6999

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 31, 2015 6973

24-Year-Old Killed in One-Vehicle Collision

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 24012

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 23564

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 31, 2015 6973

24-Year-Old Killed in One-Vehicle Collision

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
January 30, 2015 6623

More Than 800 Gather to Encircle HCCHS

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 2185

Governor, First Lady, Commissioner Celebrate New…

in Top News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 31, 2015 2152

UPDATED GAME STORY: Muhlenberg Mustangs Trample…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Mike Groves
February 01, 2015 2120

Madisonville Man Charged on Multiple Drug…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Chris Rogers
January 31, 2015 1919

Eating Only during 9-12 Hour Period May Help…

in General News For All Sites by Melissa Landon
January 31, 2015 1737

Hooked on Science - 'Chemical Reaction Splash'

in General News For All Sites by Jason Lindsey
January 31, 2015 1709

Keeping the Faith - 'Will Practice Make Perfect?'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer
February 01, 2015 1644

White Plains Man Arrested after Being Wanted for…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Robert LIttlepage
January 31, 2015 1615

Woman Veterans Video Now on KDVA YouTube

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Aug