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PRIDE awards $32,253 for environmental education

Paintsville High School Trout in the Classroom Project

Paintsville High School used a $500 PRIDE Environmental Education Grant toward its Trout in the Classroom Project. In this photo, two PHS seniors used a pipette to remove infertile and unviable eggs during their ecology class. They placed the unviable eggs into petri dishes for students to observe with a hand lens. The photo was taken by a PHS student.

On Feb. 29, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced that it had awarded $32,253 for environmental education projects in its service area during the 2015/16 school year.

The funding was awarded through the PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program. The program was funded in part by a grant to PRIDE from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).

PRIDE awarded the grants in February and last October to schools that applied for the grant program across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. (For a list of grant recipients, please scroll down.)

The grants can be used for a variety of educational activities that help students appreciate and care for the environment and to serve their community.

One example is the Trout in the Classroom Project at Paintsville High School. Under the direction of science teacher Hans Doderer, PHS students raised rainbow trout from eggs into fingerlings and then released the young rainbow trout into nearby (approved) waters. They will produce a documentary about their work and collect oral histories about local water quality issues.

The interdisciplinary project involves ecology, biology, chemistry, history and art students. The goal is to develop their environmental literacy, as well as a deeper appreciation for the environment, water resources and water quality in eastern Kentucky.

PHS used a $500 PRIDE grant toward the project, which was also funded by Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, and Appalachian Renaissance Initiative-Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative.

“I want to congratulate the grant recipients and thank the educators who are leading these projects,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“Our region is blessed with incredible natural resources, so it is important that every generation learns how to be good stewards,” Wilson said. “PRIDE has been working in the schools for almost 20 years now, and we hear so many stories of children who changed their families’ habits on litter and recycling. Environmental education is making a difference in our region.”

“Beyond that, hands-on nature projects really help students learn a variety of subjects,” she explained. “The environmental education activities give them a chance to apply what they are learning in math and science and other classes. That means they understand and remember their lessons better.”

Since 1997, PRIDE has awarded 1,533 grants that impacted 745,575 students across the region. Schools have used PRIDE funds for a wide variety of activities, such as starting recycling programs and building outdoor classrooms, nature trails, wetlands and greenhouses.

Promoting environmental education is one the key missions of PRIDE, a nonprofit organization. The other two missions are cleaning up the region’s waterways and removing solid waste problems. Founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and the late General James E. Bickford, PRIDE works alongside citizens, teachers and elected officials to improve the region’s environment and quality of life.

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2015/16 PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Recipients

Bell County

Bell Central School Center, $1,000

Yellow Creek School Center, $500

 

Breathitt County

LBJ Elementary, $500

MKCAP Head Start, $983

 

Carter County

West Carter Middle School, $1,000

 

Casey County

Casey County High School and Middle School, $457

 

Clay County

KCEOC Head Start, $500

 

Clinton County

Clinton County Middle School, $1,000

 

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Conservation District/Cumberland County Middle School, $1,000

 

Harlan County

KCEOC Head Start, $500

 

Johnson County

Paintsville High School, $1,000

Johnson County Conservation District, $498.50

 

Knox County

GR Hampton Elementary, $500

KCEOC Head Start, $500

Union College, $500

 

Laurel County

Cold Hill Elementary, $250

Colony Elementary, $490.04

South Laurel High School, $499.48

 

Lee County

MKCAP Head Start, $1,000

 

Leslie County

Hayes Lewis Elementary School, $500

Leslie County Gifted and Talented Program/Leslie County High School, $500

 

Letcher County

Letcher Elementary School, $475

 

Magoffin County

Magoffin County Cooperative Extension Office, $1,000

 

McCreary County

McCreary County Extension Council, $987.50

 

Monroe County

Tompkinsville Elementary School, $500

 

Morgan County

Wrigley Elementary School, $500

 

Owsley County

Owsley County High School, $500

 

Pike County

Southside Elementary School, $500

Shelby Valley High School, $500

 

Pulaski County

Nancy Elementary School, $479.80

Southwestern High School, $479.80

Somerset High School, $500

Somerset Christian School, $500

Pulaski County Public Library, $1,000

Somerset Community College, $1,000

 

Rockcastle County

Mt. Vernon Elementary, $500

Eastern Rockcastle Water Association, $500

 

Rowan County

Morehead State University, $1,000

 

Russell County

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc. (for Head Start programs in 10 counties), $1,800

Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc., $1,000

Russell County Conservation District, $500

 

Taylor County

Taylor County Conservation Dist, $500

Taylor County Junior Conservation Board, $353

 

Whitley County

Whitley County East Elementary, $500

Whitley County Central Primary, $500

 

Wolfe County

MKCAP Head Start, $1,000

Wolfe County Middle School, $1,000

Wolfe County High School, $1,000

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