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Rogers Explorers volunteer with PRIDE

Thirty ninth-graders from 10 counties recently picked up trash along Williamsburg streets while they attended The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers Program held at the University of the Cumberlands June 6-8.

Two groups of talented students took a break from their classroom studies to serve the community by picking up litter as PRIDE volunteers.

The students, who will be ninth-graders this fall, were participants in two of four classes this summer in The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program.

The 30 students in the class that attended Lindsey Wilson College picked up 20 bags of trash and two tires along the Green River in Columbia on June 3. They were (listed by county): Carrie McClellan and Carley Miller of Clinton County; Addington “Addie” Eastham, Sierra Hall, and John Ingram of Green County; Rayanna Boston, Noah “Gage” Edmunds, Brilyn Garrett, Andrew Roach and Hayden Crain of Metcalfe County; Mason Allen of Monroe County; Makayela Banks, Sarah Dick, Philip Golden, Lance Hall, Riley Hall, Laura Hancock, Audrey Moore and Zachary Wesley of Pulaski County; Sara Clark, Julianna Singleton and Alex Spragens of Rockcastle County; Brooke Hachey of Russell County; Korri Briggs, Kathryn Doss, MaKenzie Murrell and Avery Paige Dabney of Taylor County; and Molly Dalton, Reagan Roberts and Kylie Jones of Wayne County.

The 30-member class at the University of the Cumberlands picked up 30 bags of trash and one tire along two miles of Williamsburg streets on June 6. They were (listed by county): Katlyn Barnwell, Tori Lowrance and Aliyah Omar of Bell County; Marisa Boyd of Breathitt County; Caleb Combs and Cierra Crowe of Jackson County; Matthew Dixon, Lauren Pedersen, Kristen Pedersen, Brayden Imel, Andalyn Brock, Sadie Harris and Reagan Warren of Knox County; Elijah Butler, Jonah Deaton, Will House, Taylor Crockett, Jorden Jones of Laurel County; Kaitlyn Wilson and Lyndsey Pennington, McCreary County; Jensen Pierce, Kyle Back, Andy Buteyn, Cassidy Dalton, Derek Burgett and Sam Dick, Pulaski County; Brad Taylor and James Clay Ballinger of Rockcastle County; Dillan Penney of Wayne County; and Christopher Newquist of Whitley County.

The Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students who are interested in science, math and technology start the journey toward careers in those in-demand career fields. The tuition-free program is available to students in The Center’s 42-county primary service area.

Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on campus at some of Kentucky’s top colleges and universities, where experts guide them through hands-on assignments that develop creative thinking, teamwork and leadership skills.

For the Rogers Explorers at the University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson College, picking up litter was a service project, which is part of the program’s goal of encouraging a long-term commitment to the students’ communities. To sponsor the cleanup event, The Center partnered with PRIDE, which is southern and eastern Kentucky’s environmental cleanup and education initiative.

The Center and PRIDE were created by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) to assist communities with creating long-term opportunities for their young people. PRIDE’s role is to promote personal responsibility for the environment. The Center addresses several facets of community development, including enlightening Kentucky’s next generation of community and business leaders. The Center launched the Rogers Explorers program in 2006 as part of its youth development mission.

For more information about the Rogers Explorers program, please visit www.centertech.com or contact Delaney Stephens, Youth Programs Coordinator, at The Center (606.677.6000).

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