BCTC helps out for the holidays

Winchester Angel Tree
Santa's Kids
God's Pantry

Faculty and staff at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) are showing their holiday spirit this Christmas season by participating in several programs to help less fortunate children and families.

The Santa's Kids program provided gifts to 130 children whose parents are enrolled in the BCTC Ready to Work program. This is an annual event in which the staff of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) office in Versailles participates as well. Ready to Work/Work and Learn is a partnership between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and KCTCS to promote the success of low income student parents on the community and technical college campuses and Adult Education.

"One of our Ready to Work students stated that the gifts chosen for her child would be her Christmas this year," said Ellen Biddle, Ready to Work coordinator for BCTC's Cooper Dr., Newtown and Winchester campuses. "That's why we do this. We'd never want a child to wake up on Christmas with no gifts under the tree."

Additionally, BCTC assisted with a project for God's Pantry and took part in the Circle of Love, which also provided gifts for children. The project is a joint effort between BCTC and the University of Kentucky.

BCTC's Winchester campus faculty and staff pitched in to help children in Clark County by buying gifts and having an Angel Tree wrapping party.