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Upper Chloe Improvement Club spring cleans in Pike County

Congressman Hal Rogers with members of the Upper Chloe Creek Improvement Club

Congressman Hal Rogers, PRIDE co-founder, presented the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award to some members of the Upper Chloe Improvement Club, who have diligently conducted an annual spring cleanup in their Pike County community since 1980.

Upper Chloe Creek in Pike County is a beautiful place, and the people who live there make sure it stays that way.Since 1980, residents have joined forces as the Upper Chloe Improvement Club. Every spring, they volunteer to clean and beautify the roads and creeks in the area.

Kenneth and Gerrie Kinder organize the club’s annual spring cleanup, but they are quick to give credit to all the volunteers who look forward to working together every year.

This spring, the club rallied 58 volunteers, who contributed 719 hours to clean a 10-mile stretch of roadways and stream banks. They picked up 1,341 bags of trash, filled four dumpsters and gathered 30 old tires. They also mowed, weeded and planted flowers along the road.

The club was the largest community group to volunteer during Pike County’s PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April. PRIDE gave trash bags and T-shirts to the group, and Pike County Solid Waste provided the dumpsters and disposed of the trash.

In appreciation for their community service, Jimmy Dale Sanders, the Pike County PRIDE Coordinator, nominated the club for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.

Congressman Hal Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE in 1997, announced on May 27 that the Upper Chloe Improvement Club had won the award.

“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE and each year we are inching toward the milestone of removing one million old tires from our hillsides and streams,” Rogers said. “There is nothing as beautiful as the canopy across our Eastern Kentucky mountains and I’m proud to be part of this great organization that reminds us to have PRIDE in our beautiful region.”

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in a 42-county region. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

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