Denise Pool and Stephanie Randall, directors at the HOPE and COPE Centers, were in studio Wednesday morning to talk to WPKY about several different programs.

First Denise and Stephanie reminded listeners of the Fantastic Friday school supply give away Friday, July 28th, from 8 to 11am at the Caldwell County Elementary School Gym. The HOPE and COPE Centers will be giving away school supplies for students in pre-school through 12th grades, based on grade level appropriate supplies, and while supplies last. They did stress that they will not have everything on a class supply list but that they will have enough of the standard items for a student to get started. All supplies were either donated or purchased through a grant and were ordered before class specific lists were released. Denise and Stephanie did want to again let everyone know that all Caldwell County students in need are welcome to show up, that no pre-registration is necessary to receive the supplies, but that they are on a first come first serve basis.

Denise and Stephanie then spoke about upcoming programs the HOPE and COPE Centers do during the school year. Their biggest program is the “Feeding God’s Children” backpack weekend feeding program. The food for the program comes from Feeding America and parents do need to sign their children up to participate. Permission forms will be mailed out, but can also be sent home from schools with children. If any parent wants to sign their child up and did not receive a registration form they can call the HOPE Center at 270-365-8050 or the COPE Center at 270-365-8026 to get one.

Other programs the HOPE and COPE Centers do during the school year include Red Ribbon Week in October, child abuse prevention and awareness in April, parenting workshops, and the Christmas Assistance Program. Denise said that parents who are interested in the Christmas Assistance Program will need to fill out the forms that are included in their child’s school enrollment packet because certain requirements must be met to be qualified for the program. Denise also spoke about the email distribution lists that are set up by grade and send out information about programs and what’s happening at the schools, including messages from teachers and even homework assignments.

Denise and Stephanie wanted to stress that the HOPE and COPE Center’s mission is to remove barriers from a child’s academic success, whether those barriers are home issues, health related, food or clothing related, or some other issue. They also wanted to stress that everything is confidential, that parents can come to them in confidence knowing that their situation won’t be released to the public.

Denise and Stephanie went on to say that the HOPE and COPE Centers are grant funded and that they receive money based on the number of children signed up for free lunches. Parents must sign their children up for free lunches in order for the HOPE and COPE Centers to continue to receive funding. Parents will be able to sign their children up during the Fantastic Friday event.

Stephanie also wanted to let listeners know that if their child missed the Happy Feet sizing at the first of June parents can call the HOPE or COPE Center to set up a sizing day.

You can catch the full interview with Denise Pool and Stephanie Randall below.

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