Warren County parent recognized with leadership award – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Warren County parent recognized with leadership award

September 30, 2019

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Warren County parent recognized with leadership award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Warren County parent described as being “dedicated to helping all students reach their potential” is the recipient of the 2019 Beverly Nickell Raimondo Leadership Award from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Allison Mefford “models parent leadership that is focused on helping students, staff and parents become the best they can be,” former Cumberland Trace Elementary School Principal and Prichard Committee Member Mary Evans noted in her nomination letter.

A fellow of the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, which trains parents to help improve the achievement of all students, Mefford took on the role of parent volunteer coordinator at the school to put parents’ talent and skills to work in ways to help both teachers and students.

When the school’s science scores needed improvement, she organized a Family Science Night that filled the school with students, parents, teachers and community members who explored science topics together and served as a catalyst for a renewed emphasis on science in the classroom.

She has served as secretary of the Cumberland Trace PTA and is lead sponsor for Kentucky Youth Assembly, which involves students in model state government activities.

“Allison is dedicated to helping all students reach their potential,” Evans wrote. “She is a champion for supporting teachers so they can meet children where they are and take them as far as they can go. Our school is so much better because of her parent leadership.”

The Prichard Committee award is named in honor and memory of Beverly Nickell Raimondo, who was instrumental in the development of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership in 1997. Since its founding, the institute has trained and supported hundreds of parents as advocates for educational excellence.


The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky – early childhood through postsecondary

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