Back to School Bash in Letcher County

Our volunteer coordinator at Jenkins Independent School provides essential information for students and parents

Letcher County is located in the southeastern corner of Kentucky and shares a border with Wise County, Virginia. “Letcher County is very beautiful. On its eastern border runs a vast tract of the Jefferson National Forest, which is shared with Virginia,” explained our Director of U.S. Programs, Renée Kube. Jenkins Independent School is a long-established project with Children Incorporated, and our sponsorship programs are much needed and appreciated by the students. “A point of pride […]

Offering Much-Needed Consistency for Kids

Our volunteer coordinator at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School praises our program for the support we provide

Martha Jane Potter Elementary School is located in Kona, Kentucky and has been a Children Incorporated affiliated project since 2005 — our first partnership in Letcher County. “Our volunteer coordinator at Martha Jane Potter is Teresa, who has been our coordinator since we began working together over 15 years ago,” explained our Director of U.S. Programs, Renée Kube. “Through the years, Teresa has developed long and stable relationships with the families in her community, and […]

An Open School in Eastern Kentucky

West Whitesburg Elementary School embraces a culture of acceptance among students

Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Eastern Coal Region, Letcher County holds the unfortunate distinction of having the second-largest unemployment rate in Kentucky. “Brittney said there is not a problem with bullying, and all the kids are open, friendly, and accepting of one another — much like the openness that the actual school building offers.” Coal from this region once fueled factories, powered locomotives, and heated millions of homes. However, the coal industry, which once […]

Special Funds Helping Special Children in Fleming-Neon

While waiting for sponsors, our Hope In Action and Warm Clothing Funds offer support to children in need

Located in rural and mountainous Letcher County, the community of Fleming-Neon, Kentucky, has deep roots in the coal mining industry. The Elkhorn Coal Corporation moved into the area in 1913, establishing the mining town of Fleming and several satellite communities, including a town called Chip. “They said that while students enrolled in our program waited to be sponsored, it meant the world to them to receive coats and warm clothes, as well as school supplies […]

A Positive Contribution In Our Community, Nation and World

Letcher County Central High School has a mission to encourage students to reach their full potential

Built to consolidate three existing high schools into a single school, Letcher County Central High School opened in 2005 with a profound and straightforward mission: “to provide a quality education for every student in Letcher County, ensuring each student will achieve his/her full potential to make a positive contribution in our community, nation, and world.” “I was thrilled at the thought of Children Incorporated helping Laura to make her dreams come true,” said Renée. Thanks […]

Sending Children Home with Food for the Weekend

Our volunteer coordinator runs a large Backpack Feeding Program in Whitesburg, Kentucky

The town of Whitesburg was founded in 1842 and is situated on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County. Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Eastern Coal Region, Letcher County holds the unfortunate distinction of having the second-largest unemployment rate in Kentucky. Coal from this region once fueled factories, powered locomotives, and heated millions of homes. However, the coal industry, which once employed the majority of the area’s workforce, has sharply declined […]