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Taylor Co. Middle receives highly competitive state grant

Taylor Co. Middle School is 1 of 9 school districts in Kentucky to be awarded $10,000 grant aimed at improving social emotional health of students

From Suzanne Grubesic

Campbellsville, KY - Taylor County School Middle School has been awarded a $10,000 grant award from the Kentucky Department of Education to enhance social-emotional skills and specifically for emotional regulation support within our schools. One awardee was chosen from each of Kentucky's nine educational cooperative districts. Taylor County Middle School was the sole award winner from the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), the largest cooperative in the state with 26 counties in total.

Work will begin on The Nest over the summer, and students will be welcomed into the space when classes begin in August. An open house for middle school students, staff, and parents will be forthcoming.

The vision for the TCMS calming space began in the spring of 2022 when TCMS School Counselor and District Grant Writer Suzanne Grubesic began developing a plan to address increased student anxiety.

Amy Reynolds, TCMS School Counselor, stated, "Due to the increasing need for mental health supports, we began envisioning the creation of a working space where students and staff could practice mindfulness, calming, and self-regulation. The room, which will be called, The Nest, will become a welcoming place where students can regulate emotions and prepare to re-connect with their classroom and school environment with a sense of well-being and control. This grant makes it possible to turn our vision into reality; we couldn't be more excited".

Kristy Parkey, another TCMS School Counselor, added "When stress and anxiety rise, all humans struggle to make excellent choices. We struggle in having productive conversations, and we lose focus on the tasks that lie in front of us. We are so thankful for the grant and know it will mean our students learn how to practice self-regulation skills to become the best version of themselves!"

This story was posted on 2023-04-24 08:16:38
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