Bell teacher a finalist for national ACTE community service award


Rosemary Jones, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Bell County High School, has received the 2018 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region II Carl Perkins Community Service Award.

The award recognizes individuals who have used career and technical education to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

Jones is one of five finalists for the 2019 national Carl Perkins Community Service Award, which will be announced Nov. 28 at the ACTE CareerTech Vision 2018 conference in San Antonio.

Since 2006, Jones’ family and consumer sciences students have participated in as many as 17 volunteer projects, from Salvation Army book drives to safe driving campaigns. Their volunteer efforts at a local women’s shelter include awareness events, craft projects, public service announcement, guest speakers and collecting health, beauty and clothing items. For the past three years, Jones’ students have raised funds for Pennies for Patients (a leukemia society) and collected canned food and blue jeans. Bell County High raised more funds than most large high schools in the state of Kentucky and was able to supplement the school’s food and clothing bank significantly.

Many of Jones’ students reside in an economically disadvantaged area. Accordingly, the service projects she plans involve items and skills students already possess, ensuring every student has the ability to participate in the community service regardless of their backgrounds or socioeconomic situations.