EMINENCE, Ky. (May 2004) A select group of students from the
Eminence Independent School system is taking a stance on community
Seventh and eighth-grade students under the leadership of Donna McClamroch,
director of Student Support Services, are endeavoring to re-establish
Eminence Day. The students have planned a full day of activities for
May 22, 2004.
The group of six to seven gifted and talented students, known as S.P.I.R.I.T.T.
(Students Preparing Increased Recognition In Their Town), have worked
on this special project, said McClamroch. The idea came about while
the students were engaged in a Community Problem Solvers activity,
trying to target a project they could implement.
Students wondered why New Castle had a fall festival, but the city
of Eminence no longer held its own festival, Eminence Day. Students
began brainstorming, going so far as to attend a city council meeting,
where they asked to renew the festival.
by Helen McKinney
group of students are among those who planned the community
Students have planned a diverse list of activities to involve the
entire community, offering activities ranging from toddler age to
senior citizens, said City Council member Kelly Shannon. Activities
for Eminence Day will be held in various locations throughout the
For a booth rental fee of $15, vendors can set up arts and crafts
or yard sale items in the parking lot adjacent to the Eminence Middle
School. The days activities will begin with a 5K run at the
Eminence community pool on Blackaby Lane. A parade will follow at
11 a.m. beginning at the school, a Miss and Mr. contest will be held
at city hall, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 1 p.m. (Eminence Christian
Church a possible location), bingo at 2 p.m. at the Community Life
Center, a talent show at 7 p.m., and street dance from 9-11 p.m. in
the firehouse parking lot. Local DJs Dave Wood and Mitchell Hughes
will provide the music at the street dance.
The original festival got under way in 1980, said Eminence Mayor Doug
Bates. It continued through the mid-90s until organizers got burnt
out on planning the event.
At the time, the Eminence Chamber of Commerce had assisted in the
planning of the event. But when the Eminence Chamber switched to a
countywide chamber, this affected the future of the event.
The City Council has provided the students with a start-up fund. A
maximum amount of $200 was awarded to be spent on advertising and
mailing costs, said Shannon.
City Council members have also volunteered to help with the festival,
since many had been involved with planning the festival in the past.
Shannon was asked by the Eminence Chamber to do so in 1996. Members
will provide security and insurance for the day, in addition to setting
up and tearing down booths.
The S.P.I.R.I.T.T. group meets twice a week during regular school
hours to work on community projects. Mc-Clamroch said the class focuses
on civic pride. She said this was a fun experience, citing responsibility
as one of the major lessons learned from it. Thorough interviews with
City Council members, the students have learned more about the county
in which they live. They have written grants, sent letters to vendors,
learn-ed to speak in a professional manner on the phone and become
more familiar with Internet re-sources, said Shannon.
The students did a wonderful job working out the details,
said Shannon. We wouldnt have had (Eminence Day) if not
Another group of fifth- and sixth-graders with whom McClamroch works,
S.P.L.A.S.H., are raising money to re-open the Eminence community
pool. They are considering grants and held a bake sale April 24.
For more information, contact McClamroch at (502) 845-5427.