Our Affiliated Site: Arlie Boggs Elementary/Middle School in Eolia, Kentucky

facts about Arlie Boggs Elementary/Middle School:

  • Grade-levels Served: Kindergarten – eighth grade
  • Average Enrollment: 140 students
  • Faculty: Faculty includes 15 teachers and aides and nine staff members. All teachers hold advanced degrees.
  • Facility Description: The school building is a small, older, yet well-maintained edifice that houses classrooms and a combined cafeteria/gymnasium. The property includes a playground, a field, a pond, and an outdoor classroom.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are served daily.
  • Percentage of Students Eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal program: 100%
  • Academic Year: The school year in Kentucky typically begins the first week of August and ends the second week of May. National holidays are observed.

Located in rural and mountainous eastern Kentucky, Letcher County is best known for its natural beauty, as evidenced by small but growing efforts to promote the county as a tourist destination in recent years. One especially breathtaking site is the Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve in the town of Eolia. The park comprises over 2,600 acres of trails, waterfalls, and mountain vistas, boasting one of the highest concentrations of rare or endangered species in Kentucky. The breathtaking beauty of this land, however, belies the hardships that its residents face each day.

As with many towns in the area, the community of Eolia traces its roots back to the coalmining industry, which sustained this once-thriving region for generations. With the decline of the mining industry, however, employment opportunities here have plummeted, and poverty rates have soared. Many families have moved away in search of job opportunities, but a resilient few have stayed, working hard to revitalize their community despite hardship.  Daily survival here is a struggle, and children feel it perhaps most keenly. In fact, the childhood poverty rate here currently hovers at a staggering 32%. For this reason, Arlie Boggs Elementary/Middle School serves as a beacon of hope. In fact,  in many ways, it is the heart of this small, close-knit community. The school’s caring and dedicated staff is thrilled to partner with Children Incorporated sponsors to better equip students with the basic essentials and well-rounded education they need to break the cycle of poverty and rise above the difficult circumstances they face daily.