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Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization that helps to raise educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking nominations for the Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Awards. Now in its third year, the AppLE Awards recognize leaders in education, including local parent and student groups, who have made significant contributions to promote and support education in Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service region.


“The AppLE Awards validate and illustrate the importance of education in Appalachia,” said Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth. “These awards are a way for individuals and groups alike to be recognized for their significant contributions in the fields of teaching and learning. It is no secret that it takes many who give tirelessly of themselves to ensure future generations will have a firm educational foundation necessary for success. This is cause for celebration.”


Forward in the Fifth will be accepting nominations for the 2014 AppLE Awards through February 28, 2014. Individuals or groups may self-nominate. Categories for nominations include:

  • Educator (early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education)
  • Community/Business Leader
  • Parent or Parent Group
  • Student or Student Group


Additional information, including former AppLE Award winners, eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and a flyer can be accessed at http://fif.org/awards/ or by contacting Forward in the Fifth at 606-677-6000 or fif@centertech.com.


All nominations should be completed and submitted online at www.fif.org no later than February 28, 2014. The forms are accessible under the Awards tab. Submissions by mail, telephone or fax will not be accepted.


Nominees’ efforts must occur within Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service area, which includes: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Rowan, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.


Finalists will be notified by Forward in the Fifth, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Center for Rural Development in April 2014.


Forward in the Fifth is currently accepting sponsorships for the 2014 AppLE Awards. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring the awards should contact Forward in the Fifth at 606-677-6000.


Forward in the Fifth, a non-profit organization and an affiliate of The Center for Rural Development, was formed in 1986 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, to reverse low educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District. The organization strives to engage community stakeholders to advance the value of education; serves as advocates to advance all education systems to improve educational attainment; and supports schools and stakeholders to secure needed resources to improve the quality of education within their local communities.

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