Frenchburg Job Corps wins PRIDE volunteerism awardJune 30, 2013 by clackey
For giving Menifee County an old-fashioned spring cleaning, the Frenchburg Job Corps won southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.A team of 23 students and staff members picked up litter at Botts Elementary School, Broke Leg Falls and Menifee County Park during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April. They worked several hours in each area and collected more than 30 bags of trash, along with old tires, glass and rusted metal debris.“Menifee County is too beautiful to be spoiled by trash, so the students and staff of the Frenchburg Job Corps got rid of litter during the PRIDE Spring Cleanup,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson, who presented the award on June 27.
“They cleaned three very visible spots, so they made a big difference in the county’s appearance,” Wilson said. “I want to thank them for taking pride in their community and taking responsibility to keep it clean.”
Menifee County Judge-Executive James Trimble also thanked the Job Corps for participating in the PRIDE Spring Cleanup. He said, “I’m extremely proud to be part of the PRIDE program, and I definitely want to continue it because it makes Menifee County cleaner.”
“Angela Ledford spearheaded the Job Corps’ Spring Cleanup efforts, and we appreciate her leadership,” Wilson added.
“We felt really good about what we accomplished,” said Ledford, who is a counselor at the Frenchburg Job Corps. “The students said they loved cleaning the areas because they really enjoy the beauty of eastern Kentucky.”
“At Botts Elementary, the second graders were on recess and they had a great time helping us, and I was amazed at their interest and their discussion of the litter,” Ledford said.
“Educating our young people is the key to breaking the cycle of litter,” Ledford said. “At the Job Corps, we organize cleanup projects to provide that education and create good habits.”
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people ages 16 through 24 learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Frenchburg Job Corps is operated by U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service.
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.