100% Campaign for children, families launches Saturday

MUD FORK — The 100% Campaign, a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to children and families in Logan and Lincoln counties, will host a resource fair and celebration of student achievement from noon-4p.m. at the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College this Saturday June 13.

The event will feature student performances, civic leaders pledging their support for children and families, a carnival and a resource fair showcasing over 30 area community programs. Lunch will be provided.

The 100% Campaign grows out of collaboration of over 300 community residents over the past two years who have come together to promote: 100 percent Student Achievement, 100 percent Family Engagement, 100 percent Community Support toward the goal of 100 percent of our young people succeeding after high school graduation.

Accomplishments of the campaign have included a student designed effort to promote student learning called the #achieve learning contract. Students design short term academic goals that they accomplish with the support of their families and other caring adults.

This project grew out of high school volunteers noting that “only the super achievers are recognized” and the desire that all students’ achievement be celebrated. There were 136 students in the piloted project in Logan schools in 2014 and over 400 students are poised to replicate it at Man, Logan, Chapmanville and Big Ugly Community Center this summer.

The campaign has received support from the Flex e Grant process of West Virginia Development office and was one of six “HubCAP” (Communities of Achievement Program) supported by the W. Va. Community Development Hub through which community activists participated in a two year leadership program. The 100% Campaign was recognized as the group that used their tools “to achieve the greatest impact” in HubCAP II.

Campaign members have also visited model programs in Martinsburg, Berea, Ky., and Clarksville, Tenn. The “Destination Graduation” license plates on the front of all Logan school buses and the practice of recognizing students by their graduating classes at public event grew out of those trips. At the Pre K Academy in December all students were recognized as members of the Class of 2029.

All community members are welcome and all activities are free. The schedule includes a resource fair from noon-2 p.m., workshops on reading with children, the carnival (1-3 p.m.), and student performances and civic presentations from 2-3:30 p.m.

For further information contact the Big Ugly Community Center at 304-855-5402, Chapmanville Middle School at 304-855-8378, or Rhonda Preece at Logan Schools at 304-792-2072. Agencies and civic groups can still register for a display table by calling Steven Hall at Southern WV Community and Technical College at 304-236-7620.

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