Murray-Calloway County Playhouse in the Park receives state education award

Murray-Calloway County Playhouse in the Park was one of two programs presented a state educational award Wednesday, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

The department says the Kentucky Board of Education presented Playhouse in the Park/Murray Calloway County Community Theater, along with the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform at the University of Kentucky, with this year’s Dr. Samuel Robinson Award. The department says the award is given to people and groups in Kentucky "for outstanding leadership, commitment and service in promoting equity and opportunity to learn at high levels for all Kentucky students."

Playhouse in the Park/Murray Calloway County Community Theater was given the award for its involvement with the Penguin Project, an inclusive educational theatrical program where children with special needs fill the lead roles in a production, with support from peer mentors. The department of education says the Penguin Project was originally developed by Dr. Andy Morgan, a pediatrician in Peoria, Illinois, who chose Murray’s playhouse as a replication site. The playhouse is the only theater in Kentucky involved in the project, and one of seven in the country. 

The other winner of the annual award, PIMSER, is described as an educational think tank that provides training and support for improvements in math and science education to teachers and administrators across the state. 

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