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Corbin kindergarteners take nature photos with PRIDE

A snow-covered tree and tire swing were featured in the photo that won the nature photo contest for kindergarten students at Corbin Primary School in January 2014.

A snow-covered tree and tire swing were featured in the photo that won the nature photo contest for kindergarten students at Corbin Primary School in January 2014.

In January, 175 kindergarten students at Corbin Primary School participated in a nature photo contest. They learned how to use the digital cameras, which had been purchased with PRIDE funds, and earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.

“This contest was a great way to open students’ eyes to the natural beauty of their hometown and give them experience with the new digital cameras,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented the award last Thursday.

“The first step toward being a good steward of the environment is to appreciate its value, and this photo contest moved students in that direction,” Davis said. “That’s why this project was a perfect fit with PRIDE’s mission to create awareness and personal responsibility for nature.”

Kindergarten teachers checked out the digital cameras from the school’s Family Resource Center. Teachers taught students how to use the cameras, and then the students photographed nature scenes.

“Each teacher used the contest differently to relate it to core content,” explained Megan Davenport, Family Resource Center Coordinator at Corbin Primary School. She organized the contest.

“The picture had to be of a nature subject,” Davenport said. “We had pictures taken of the weather, plants, landscaping and more.”

In each class, students voted to select two photos that would represent their class in the photo contest. A committee of office personnel judged the contest and selected one winning photo. The winning class was announced during a morning assembly and was presented with a butterfly habitat for its classroom.

The digital cameras and the butterfly habitat were purchased with the school’s $1,750 PRIDE Environmental Education Contract. The school also used its PRIDE funds to buy native plants, tools, storage containers and bat houses for its outdoor classroom.

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

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