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Clay Co. Schools celebrate National Public Lands Day

Goose Rock Elementary National Public Lands Day

Goose Rock Elementary School students added native plants to the school’s outdoor classroom in celebration of National Public Lands Day

On Sept. 23, Clay County students joined more than 180,000 volunteers nationwide to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

PRIDE and the U.S. Forest Service’s Redbird Ranger District partnered with Clay County schools to participate in the national campaign to improve public lands.

“The students did their part to improve public lands by picking up trash and planting trees on their school grounds,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis. “I think they really enjoyed themselves while serving their community and improving the environment, so this experience should stick with them.”

“Several schools had to cancel their events due to rain, but we met with students in their classrooms to talk about their role in caring for the environment,” Davis said.

At Big Creek Elementary School, fifth-graders picked up litter on campus with the help of PRIDE staff and Thomas Dozier, District Ranger for the Redbird Ranger District.

At Clay County High School, Ms. Webb’s Environmental Science Class planted Eastern Redbud trees and native plants with PRIDE staff members.

Goose Rock Elementary School students added native trees and plants to the school’s outdoor classroom, which was built last year with PRIDE funds.

Rain scuttled the outdoor events at Paces Creek Elementary, Manchester Elementary and Clay County Middle School. However, Dozier and PRIDE staff members spoke to several classes about NPLD and the importance of a clean environment.

As the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event in support of public lands, NPLD drew an estimated 180,000 volunteers at 2,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a wide array of activities. Volunteers’ one-day efforts were expected to equal more than $15 million in improvements.

NPLD keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage, according to the NPLD web site, www.publiclandsday.org.

NPLD was Saturday, Sept. 24. PRIDE and the Redbird Ranger District supported NPLD activities on Sept. 23 to allow Clay County schools to participate.

PRIDE is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education activities in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

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