Our Affiliated Project: Hindman Elementary School in Hindman, Kentucky
Hindman Elementary School is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of Knott County, Kentucky. This region of the Bluegrass State is characterized by majestic mountains and quiet river valleys and has been home to generations of hardworking coal miners and close-knit families. However, with the collapse of the coal industry (due to automation, cheaper foreign markets and a decline in demand), this region’s poverty and unemployment rates have skyrocketed. Since first opening its doors to students in 1960, Hindman Elementary School’s enrollment has steadily declined, even after a recent consolidation with another local elementary school.
Students from a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic family situations — ranging from severely poverty-stricken to relatively affluent — currently attend Hindman Elementary. The main challenge facing this school is providing assistance to underprivileged students who contend with the cycle of poverty and general lack of parental involvement. Were it not for Hindman Elementary School, children of this community would have few opportunities to rise above the circumstances from which they come and reach for a brighter future.