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WASHINGTON, DC.—U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved federal funding for southern and eastern Kentucky’s educational initiative “Forward in the Fifth.” Through Rogers’ efforts, Forward in the Fifth will be able to continue its valuable instructional programs. The Senate is expected to vote on this final, comprehensive spending legislation later this year.

“Forward in the Fifth gives our children the opportunity to excel at skills that are necessary for future success,” said Rogers. “Reading can mean the difference between a good paying job, graduating from college, or having the confidence to pursue your goals. This program provides essential tools to those who are hungry to learn and to those who want to turn their dreams into a reality. Education is a key component to moving our region forward, and Forward in the Fifth provides local educators with the resources they need to help struggling students.”

In the last three years, Rogers has secured nearly $1 million for Forward in the Fifth, including the $500,000 announced today. Forward in the Fifth, located at the Center for Rural Development, is a nonprofit, grassroots education organization, uniting parents, students, businesses and educators to improve educational success in the Fifth Congressional District. Forward in the Fifth works with the Center for Rural Development’s other affiliates in developing shared educational programs. Begun in 1986, the organization serves 41 Appalachian counties by placing a high priority on literacy education and working to improve school attendance, enhance science and math instruction, train parents in computer-based education platforms, and increase the number of residents attending college.

Rogers works to obtain federal funding for projects across southern and eastern Kentucky in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.