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Linda Rose earns “Difference Maker Award”

Linda Rose and Congressman Hal Rogers

Congressman Hal Rogers presented the Difference Maker Award to Linda Rose for her leadership as the Morgan County PRIDE Environmental Education Liaison

Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) presented a Difference Maker Award to Linda Rose for her leadership as Morgan County’s PRIDE Environmental Education Liaison.

Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE, surprised Rose with the award Oct. 31 during PRIDE’s energy conservation workshop in Annville.

“PRIDE volunteers have transformed southern and eastern Kentucky over the last 14 years,” said Rogers. “Some individuals have taken the initiative and led the way for PRIDE in their communities. I commend Linda Rose for dedicating 14 years of service to cleaning up litter, educating students about the environment and using creative ideas for schools to conserve energy in Morgan County. Linda is a true difference maker.”

Rose led the Morgan County School District to become the first in Kentucky to have 100 percent participation in the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Program, which recognizes students for developing and implementing improvements in their schools.

Morgan County’s six schools are making strides toward their KGHS goals of increased energy efficiency and sustainability. Facilities Director Darren Sparkman encourages friendly competition among schools by posting charts that track schools’ energy savings. Students and faculty can see they make a big difference by adopting a few new habits, such as turning off computers when not in use, switching to energy efficient lighting and using rain barrels to catch rain and runoff water.

As Morgan County’s PRIDE liaison, Rose visits local schools to lead hands-on environmental lessons with students in grades 3-8. She has developed a close relationship with teachers and students, who value her knowledge and expertise in environmental awareness and practices, such as gardening, water and energy conservation.

Rose has worked as the county’s PRIDE liaison since 2003, and she has volunteered as the county’s PRIDE Coordinator since the program’s inception in 1997.

Rose’s liaison position is made possible by support from the Morgan County Fiscal Court and Morgan County Conservation District. They paid the fee, which is based on student population, to enroll Morgan County School District in the PRIDE Environmental Education Outreach Program for the 2011-2012 school year.

Rogers started PRIDE, a nonprofit organization, in 1997 with General James E. Bickford, who was the state’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Secretary. Their vision was to restore the natural beauty of their native region by encouraging and equipping communities to improve water quality, clean up solid waste problems and promote environmental education.

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