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Area educational center set for fundraising campaign

Sunday, September 28, 2008

GREENCASTLE -- The Knoy Resource Center, Cloverdale, is now launching a fundraising campaign after three years of serving more than 1,000 students and adults from six counties.

Now to sustain the momentum, the campaign is being spearheaded by Vickie Knoy Parker and supported by the Putnam County Community Foundation.

"It is essential we find funding for the many important programs offered at the center," Parker said. "I'm looking forward to working with the community and area businesses and leaders to see that exceptional services are available for years to come."

The center's goals include increasing the number of students who successfully complete high school or GED exams, increasing the number of college-bound students and adult by providing scholarship information, SAT test preparations and college campus visits, and expanding computer literacy for all ages by offering classes using the center's 30 computers.

As more needs are identified and the demand for programs increases, financial support must also increase. Outreach will extend beyond Cloverdale's school system as students and citizens from Clay, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan, Owen and Putnam counties have taken advantage of the center's services.

Located in Cloverdale High School, the Knoy Resource Center opened in 2006, launching a community-school partnership with support from the Putnam County Community Foundation and several corporate and individual donors. Start-up funds allowed implementation of vital services that provide a knowledge base for the breadth of interests that embrace lifelong learning.

In 2007, the Knoy Resource Center was recognized as a "Promising Practice" by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. It has become a model for using education as a pathway to prosperity and a strong community.

The center was named after the Knoy family, who has been a part of the Putnam County community for generations. Adeline Knoy taught 26 years at Cloverdale Elementary School. Her daughter and campaign chair person, Vickie Parker, recently retired from Greencastle High School.

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