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February 2011: Paces Creek Elementary

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Paces Creek Elementary

MANCHESTER, KY — PRIDE has recognized Paces Creek Elementary School PRIDE Club for its eyeglass recycling project.

In February and March, PRIDE Club members collected donations for the Lions Club’s international eyeglass recycling program. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade participated in the project. They brought in 400 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

The two classrooms that collected the most glasses were rewarded with a pizza party by the Family Resource Center.

“The glasses will be used in developing nations,” said Brenda Woods, who sponsors the PRIDE Club. “Poverty has hindered people from the work force, simply because they can’t see clearly. Using research from the Lions Club, we found out that it cost less than $0.08 to provide a person a pair of eyeglasses.”

When Matthew Goins, a fifth grader, asked people to donate eyeglasses, he told them they could “help others in need and with their donation someone could wear a pair of glasses for only $0.08.”

“It felt rewarding being a part of something that helps others,” said Austin Smith, also a fifth-grader.

“It is my pleasure to announce that you have earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented a plaque to the school last Friday.

“This project made a big difference for the less fortunate and our environment,” Davis explained. “Instead of going in the trash, these glasses will get a new life, helping people who really need them.”

“What a good reminder that our day to day choices make an impact,” Davis said. “Just by donating something we no longer use, we can help others and conserve our natural resources.”

“A special thanks to all the parents, staff and businesses that contributed to this World Health Organization for Lions Eyeglass Recycling Project,” Woods said.

Rominger Funeral Home and Madden Optical donated eyeglasses for the project.

The PRIDE Club is a fun way for students to learn about the environment and serve the community. The club participates in the school’s environmental education projects, mentors younger students, volunteer for cleanup events and perform other community services, such as this eyeglass recycling project.

The PRIDE Club received $500 from PRIDE this year, as part of a $4,000 award for Paces Creek Elementary School’s environmental education program.

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month program rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environment awareness and stewardship.

PRIDE is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education efforts in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

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