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PRIDE Awards Environmental Education Grants Across the Region

Somerset, KY — On November 3, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE awarded $77,842 for environmental education projects in its service area during the 2016-17 school year. The funding was provided through the PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program. The program was funded by a grant to PRIDE from Appalachian Regional Commission.J Waterford PRIDE Mascot

PRIDE awarded the grants to schools that applied for the program across 40 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.
Grant applications varied greatly in theme, ranging from aquaponics to compost centers. The application review process was highly competitive with priority given to projects that addressed energy efficiency, recycling and solid waste management efforts.

“We had some outstanding grant applications this year,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE President and CEO. “I would like to congratulate all the students and educators who were awarded grants. It is so rewarding to see this level of commitment to environmental education.”

“As we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of PRIDE in 2017, we look back at all the environmental stewards that have started though our education grant program, and we can say we truly have created a “Generation of Change,” Wilson continued. “Our region is full of natural beauty and resources and it is the youth who are working on these grant projects that will protect those resources for generations to come.”

Since 1997, PRIDE has awarded 1,567 grants that impacted 816,044 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 of 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.

Bell County

Yellow Creek School Center – $1,500

Breathitt County

Breathitt County High School Agriculture Department, $2,750

Middle Kentucky CAP, Inc. – $2,743

Carter County

West Carter Middle School – $2,750

Clay County

KCEOC Community Action Partnership – Clay – $2,750

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Conservation District – $2,750

Harlan County

KCEOC Community Action Partnership – Harlan – $2,750

Johnson County
Johnson County Conservation District – $2,750

Paintsville High School, $2,650

Knox County

Barbourville Elementary School – $2,738

KCEOC Community Action Partnership – Knox – $2,750

Union College, $2,750

Laurel County

KCEOC Community Action Partnership – Laurel – $2,750

North Laurel Middle School – $2,700

Lee County

Lee County Head Start – $2,742

Letcher County

Letcher Elementary School – $2,500

Magoffin County

Magoffin County Cooperative Extension Service – $2,750

McCreary County

McCreary County Extension Council – $2,700

McCreary County Middle School – $2,391

Pine Knot Primary – $2,697

Menifee County
Menifee County Elementary – $1,755

Metcalfe County

Metcalfe County High School – $1,000

Owsley County

Owsley County Elementary School – $2,375

Owsley County High School – $2,750

Pulaski County

Pulaski County Cooperative Extension – $1,365

Pulaski County Public Library – $2,750

Somerset Community College – $2,750

Somerset High School – $2,625

Rockcastle County

Mt. Vernon Elementary School – $2,100

Rowan County

Morehead State University – $1,659

Morehead State University – $2,219

Russell County

Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery – $2,750

Whitley County

Whitley County East Elementary School – $1,000

Wolfe County

Wolfe County Head Start – $2,750

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