High school students and teachers from across Kentucky are invited to participate in the upcoming “SOAR: Shaping our Appalachian Region” Summit on Monday, December 9. Several media outlets will broadcast or stream the summit live. The SOAR Summit, spearheaded by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, will focus on plans and strategies for Kentucky’s southern and eastern regions. The full day’s agenda/schedule can be found here: http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/Documents/SOAR/SOAR_agenda.pdf.

Live coverage of the SOAR Summit will air on KET and at www.KET.org/live, as well as on WYMT and www.wymt.com. Live coverage will include the early morning session from 9 a.m. until noon EST, and discussions from the main auditorium throughout the day, including the legislative panel session from 4-5 p.m. EST. PIKE-TV will live-stream most of the day’s events at http://www.piketv.com. The summit will also be recorded for later broadcast on PIKE-TV.

On Monday evening, KET will present a one-hour program with highlights from the Summit, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on KET and at www.KET.org/live. The program will include excerpts from the SOAR Summit and a discussion with Gov. Beshear and Rep. Rogers.

Schools are encouraged to incorporate the SOAR Summit into lesson plans on Dec. 9 and view the live broadcasts to enhance classroom discussions.

Kentuckians watching SOAR coverage are encouraged to participate through social media: “Like” the official SOAR Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShapingOurAppalachianRegion and follow SOAR on Twitter @SOAR_EKY, using the hashtags #SOAR and #SOARSummit.

Nearly 1,500 people have now registered for the event, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville