CLAY COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - On Friday the global non-profit Save the Children presented Kentucky Senator Robert Stivers with the 2019 Champion for Children Award.
This award represents his continuous efforts in helping Kentucky kids achieve a better future.
The award was presented at Manchester Elementary, where light refreshments and a special presentation concluded the program by the kindergarten through sixth-grade classes.
"This is not a feel-good program. This is a program that has quantifiable results," said Senator Stivers. This year the program nearly doubled the number of students helped in the after school program. Serving more than 12 counties and 67 schools, it provides more than just encouragement.
"Books, programs, in-school, after school, at the homes," said Stivers.
The program makes sure they have every opportunity to succeed.
"They can pursue whatever their dreams are. But making sure they have a good start is the key to it all," said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs for Save the Children.
"And our work in Kentucky has been the highlight of our efforts. It's a model for the rest of the country."
Shriver says these results would not have been possible without a public-private partnership and political leadership along with qualities the Senator possesses.
"He's a guy that cares about kids, cares about his constituents, cares about making a difference in the community," said Shriver.
"It gives you a good feeling knowing that you truly have made a difference in the position you hold," said Stivers. "And to know that there will be so many kids that I will never know that will grow up to be adults, that I had a small part with this group in making their life better."
Focusing on reading comprehension and fluency, the students also held a special program at the end of the announcement showing off their reading skills and telling the senator how much they enjoyed learning.