Governor Steve Beshear, actress Julianne Moore and Advocate Mark Shriver participated in a Save the Children event at Whitley Central Primary School. Save the Children’s programs for rural communities provide literacy, physical activity, nutrition and early childhood support to children in need.
From a press release:
“It is essential that we provide children in our state with the vital skills to become successful professionals,” said Gov. Beshear. “One of my top priorities for the commonwealth has been quality education. It is critical for our state to continue programs such as Save the Children to be competitive in the global market.”
Moore, a supporter of this program, was inspired by her recent visit to Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and fitness programs in Tennessee. She created the Save the Children Valentine’s Day Campaign, which aims to give families a way to make a difference for children in need in the U.S.
“We’re a country where every child should have an equal opportunity yet one in six children live in poverty,” said Moore. “The only way to give these children opportunity is through education and Save the Children is helping us reach that goal. The phenomenal 90 percent success rate at the Whitley program sets a powerful example for our leaders in Washington, D.C.”
Save The Children Federation, Inc. received an Appalachian Regional Commission grant for $500,000 to continue a literacy program in 14 southeastern Kentucky schools. The federal grant was matched by the Commonwealth in the amount of $500,000.