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National Volunteer Week: Storyteller Shares the Joy of Reading with Kentucky Families
[April 24, 2024]

National Volunteer Week: Storyteller Shares the Joy of Reading with Kentucky Families

Kinetic employees continue to give back to the communities they serve, promoting connection and involvement through local engagements right alongside residents. Chris Campbell, who has worked with Kinetic for 28 years, has found his calling volunteering with numerous organizations in his local area, just two hours from his hometown.

Campbell's willingness to give back exemplifies the spirit of National Volunteer Week, which was established to celebrate Americans who dedicate themselves to bettering their communities.

Campbell's various volunteer opportunities include his memberships with the ELK Club and Knights of Columbus, his role as Little League coach and his position as president of the Board of Directors for the local Corbin Public Library. As president, he and the Board are responsible for approving and maintaining the budget, establishing library policies, and promoting literacy in all forms especially digital and traditional for the local Corbin Community.

''Our current Corbin Public Library focus is on giving our community access to resources that may be out of their reach, whether its meeting space, digital tools, or books; we really look to fill gaps in our community," said Campbell. "It's also where I became involved with a literacy advocacy program for local children and their families who may have troubles reading - a program called Prime Time Onwards and Upwards."

The 6-week program is a free resource for children and their families within the area. Each week, a selected book (usually a Caldecott Winner), is read and then given to the families, allowing them to continue the experience at home. In addition to the reading sessions, discussions are led for the children and their parents, fostering a deeper appreciation for literature and stronger communication skills.

"The Prime Time Onwards and Upwards program focuses on 6-10-year-old students and their families," said Campbell. "It's a great opportunity to meet local families and neighbors as we all gather while I, or another volunteer, read and discuss the book and enjoy a free meal."

The reading program also acively engages participants with door prizes awarded to the students who attend each session. Additionally, community partners are invited to interact with the organized program and even provide complementary meals to the program, free of charge. This collective participation across the town creates a sense of community and highlights the importance of collaboration in supporting children's education and well-being.

"The Prime Time Onwards and Upwards program originated in Louisiana and has since partnered with Kentucky to expand its reach," explained Campbell. "The funding for the program is provided by the Kentucky Humanities Council, with the Steel Reece Foundation as a dedicated sponsor. In 2021 the Corbin Library Board of directors applied for and received The Steel Reece Foundation grant of $25,000, in support of programs and resources advocating for educational STEM initiatives which still benefit the library today."

Throughout his time fulfilling philanthropic work around the area, the most impactful has been his recent involvement in the Prime Time Onwards and Upwards program.

Reflecting on his experiences, Campbell expressed his gratitude, stating, "I've been fortunate, and it comes back to me in ways I never could have imagined." His passion for promoting literacy and fostering a love for reading among Kentucky families has made a lasting impact on the community.

"I'll always be grateful for the experiences I gained in our weekly sessions," Campbell said, "but this year's children in particular taught me so much more than I ever could have taught them."

Local families interested in participating in the Prime Time Onwards and Upwards program should visit the website at

About Kinetic: Kinetic, a Windstream company, offers fiber-based broadband to residential and small business customers in 18 states. The company's quality-first approach connects customers to new opportunities and possibilities by delivering a full suite of advanced communications services. Kinetic is one of three brands managed by Windstream. The company also offers managed cloud communications and security services to mid-to-large enterprises and government entities across the U.S. as well as customized wavelength and dark fiber solutions to carriers, content providers and hyperscalers in the U.S. and Canada. Windstream is a privately held company headquartered in Little Rock, Ark. Additional information about Kinetic is available at or

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