The Galaxy Project’s 5K run/walk was the only event at the Heritage Trails Spectacular not canceled due to rain.

The Galaxy Project, an organization created to give choices to youth in order to create a better community, holds a 5K as their largest yearly fundraiser.

“The weather was a little nasty, but the trail was good,” said Chesla Hamilton, the new executive director of The Galaxy Project. “The heavy rain held off until it was done.”

The Galaxy Project began with three students at West Carter High School. Alex Knipp, Andrew Henderson and McKenna Horsley met with Angie Fultz to create a club where youth could be involved in government, volunteer work and public issues.

Years later, the club is still working on its original ideas while expanding to create more opportunities.

“We know there are students who can’t afford caps and gowns. We know there are students whose houses have burned and the first thing they have to give up are piano lessons or gymnastics,” said Fultz. The Galaxy Project’s funds from the 5K walk/run went to activity scholarships for youth whose parents could not pay for activities like martial arts, cheerleading or gymnastics.

Another project being pursued by the club is the construction of a park by Tygart Creek. The project has been planned for the majority of The Galaxy Project’s existence, but will have to wait until construction is done at Hydreco Village before another grant can be awarded to the city.

Students in both middle and high school are able to join The Galaxy Club or The Galaxy Project respectively to learn a deeper understanding of their community and to help create a better place for everyone in Olive Hill.

For questions about The Galaxy Project, contact Chesla at GalaxyProjectOliveHill@gmail.com or 356-9188.

Daneyl Tackett can be reached at dtackett@journaltimes.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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