The Coalition for a Healthy Winston County awarded grant to help dropouts get GED

Three members of the Coalition for a Healthy Winston County recently attended a 2-day state-sponsored grant writing workshop where they were awarded a $3,000 grant. Their winning proposal “Drop in Not Out” is to provide resources and skills to help participants obtain a GED, become employed, join the military or attend college. The goal is that 15 will get a GED and 5 will become employable by the end of the 6 months grant, which will end December 5, 2013.

Jean Harper, Rosie Harris, and Janice Hopkins were part of the Appalachian Community Learning Project (ACLP) workshop created by the Rensselaerville Institute. ACLP uses citizen sparkplugs to create the community change needed to jumpstart projects that benefit local communities. By starting with small projects such as “Drop in Not Out” even the most distressed small communities can gain the experience needed to move on to more complex strategic development activities. In addition to Louisville, groups from Brooksville, Ripley, Lamar, New Albany, Vardaman and Bruce attended the workshop in Tupelo on May 20-21st and were awarded grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission; training services were provided by The Rensselaerville Institute (

For more information about the Drop in Not Out project or to donate funds or gifts in kind for this monumental project, contact the group’s sparkplug, Jean Harper, 662.773.8264 or email at For more information on ACLP or The Rensselaerville Institute, contact David Watson-Hallowell at (973)853-2139 or, and for more information about The Appalachian Regional Commission you can visit their website at

Untitled-1 copy