Telling Kentucky's Story

Kids Day Information for High School Students

2017 Kentucky Book Fair

7th Annual KBF Kids Day

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

Free, but registration is required

The 7th Annual KBF Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017.

REGISTRATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM IS BACK OPEN. WE'VE HAD A SCHOOL CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Kentucky Humanities has joined forces with Face It®, a Kosair Charities Initiative, for a special class for high school students focusing on hope, empowerment, and activism.


MASTER CLASS WITH ERIN MERRYN, A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS, AUTHOR OF STOLEN INNOCENCE, AND ACTIVIST AGAINST CHILD ABUSE:

To inspire new generations to build healthy communities and engaged citizens, Erin Merryn, author of Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act will discuss her journey of overcoming child sexual abuse, a learning disability and epilepsy and how one person can fight for justice and accomplish her goals. See Erin Merryn's full bio.


Ms. Merryn will also discuss the creation of Erin's Law. While Kentucky is one of the few states that has not passed Erin's law, it was recently reintroduced in the Kentucky Senate with strong bipartisan support.


Ms. Merryn is a positive, energetic "voice for the voiceless." Her story speaks to students on many levels, addressing themes of self-worth, self-discovery, community service, and social justice.

In addition to Ms. Merryn's presentation, high school students will participate in a YA panel discussion with David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Courtney Stevens, Brendan Reichs, and Adam Silvera.


Note: Space is limited to 300 Kentucky high school students.


READ ON:

Prior to attending the Master Class, the students, who in their school curriculum participate in "current events” type of activities, should read about Erin's Law on http://erinslaw.org/ in order to be active participants during the Master Class discussion.

 

PSA CONTEST:

In advance of the Master Class, we will host a public service announcement contest based on the theme A Voice for the Voiceless

  • Individuals or classes should develop a :30 - :60 second public service announcement on how to be A Voice for the Voiceless.
  • Video clips may be shown at the 2017 KBF Kids Day.

 

A complete set of instructions will be sent to the teachers as soon as they register and are confirmed Master Class participants. Two winners of the PSA contest will be invited to the stage, recognized and interviewed by Erin Merryn about the submitted PSA.

CLICK HERE FOR PSA SUBMISSION FORM.

 

LUNCH:

High school students will be provided a FREE pizza lunch on site at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, allowing them to interact with each other and to share their views and ideas on what they have just experienced in the Master Class. During lunch time the students will have the opportunity to engage Ms. Merryn in a question and answer session.

 

MEETING AUTHORS AND SHOPPING

We will have 34 children’s and young adult authors at Kids Day for students to meet and greet. Their books will be available for purchase and students can have the author sign their books.

 

SCHEDULE:

Time


arrival up to 9:45 am High School pre-class shopping

10:00 am- 11:00 am

All High School Classes (maximum 300)

Master Class with Author Erin Merryn

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

High School Classes have pizza lunch with Erin Merryn

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

YA Panel with David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Courtney Stevens, Brendan Reichs and Adam Silvera

1:00 pm -until departure

High School book shopping

 

 

TRAVEL GRANTS:

We invite schools to apply for a travel grant to help make it possible for students to attend KBF Kids Day. Grants of $300 each are available to schools with students in grades 3 – 12 that plan to attend KBF Kids Day and need assistance. Funds are provided through a generous donation from Snowy Owl, Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants and other private funds. Priority is given to schools traveling from far distance and bringing 40 students or more.


Registration for KBF Kids Day and applications for travel grants opens on August 1, 2017, and closes when capacity is reached. All educators will be notified as to whether they have been approved for a travel grant by September 15, 2017. Schedules will be mailed to the teachers no later than October 1, 2017.

 

BUSES:

Parking will be available for buses. Instructions and maps will be sent with the confirmation packet.

 

PRICE LIST:

A complete price list will be mailed to teachers in the confirmation packet. We strongly suggest distributing this list to students, so they will know which books are available and how much they will need money to bring. Of course, students are not required to purchase any books. However, many will want to and parents will appreciate knowing ahead of time how much money to send with their child.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

August 1, 2017 – KBF Kids Day Registration Opens

August 1, 2017 – Application for Travel Grants Opens

August 31, 2017 – Final Date to Apply for a Travel Grant

September 15, 2017 – Teachers notified regarding travel grants

October 1, 2017 – Confirmation Packets mailed to the teachers

October 8, 2017 – Date that the essays are due

November 17, 2017 – KBF Kids Day 9:30 am - 2 pm

 


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR KIDS DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS