Rockcastle County High School teachers, Holly Robinson and Markita Proctor, were selected to participate in a unique opportunity this summer as part of a Whiting Foundation grant awarded to Dr. Jason Cohen of Berea College.
Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Proctor spent a week, this summer on the Campus at Pine Mountain Settlement School, working with Dr. Cohen, a group of Berea College students, and other teachers from across the state to develop curriculum structured around the new Kentucky curriculum standards and a study of the photos, articles, letters, maps, coal mining, historical events, and elements specific to the Appalachian culture that is documented in the archives at Pine Mountain.
The school at Pine Mountain was a boarding school created to educate mountain children. Even though the school did eventually close, it is still rich in resources. Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Proctor will be using a study of the history of the school and the community to develop a study of Kentucky, Appalachia, and eventually use that study to build a stronger understanding of the history of Rockcastle County.
Then, as a culminating event, RCHS students will spend a day in the spring of 2020 on the campus at Pine Mountain with other students from around the state to share their learning experiences.
Pictured from left to right: Helen Wykle, (Pine Mountain Settlement School Archivist) Holly Robinson, Dr. Jason Cohen, (professor Berea College) Markita Proctor, and Alana Pass (Berea College Student)