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MSU student Amir Ahmadi is region’s top volunteer

Amir Ahmadi PRIDE Volunteer of the Month February 2012

Amir Ahmadi, a student at Morehead State University, accepted the region’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award, with April Haight, MSU Center for Environmental Education Director and PRIDE Coordinator. PRIDE’s Mark Davis surprised Ahmadi with the award during the January meeting of the Gateway Area Development District.

Amir Ahmadi, a student at Morehead State University, has earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.

“Amir volunteers to make a difference himself, and he motivates others to do the same, which adds up to a visible, long-lasting change in the environment,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“We thank Amir for his leadership, and we appreciate all the MSU students who invest their time and energy in caring for the environment,” Wilson added. “Your community service reflects the PRIDE spirit of taking personal responsibility for the environment that benefits us all.”

“Amir has put forth a lot of effort toward environmental issues this past year,” said April Haight, who is the director of the MSU Center for Environmental Education, as well as the MSU PRIDE Coordinator. She nominated Ahmadi for the PRIDE award.

Ahmadi started the MSU student group Environmental Eagles, which serves as the college’s service-oriented PRIDE Club. As the group’s president, he recruited students to participate with him in environmental projects, such as planting trees at Yatesville Lake and assisting with a recycling grant.

Ahmadi also spearheaded the first campus Eco-Olympics in October, when MSU students volunteered 350 hours for environmental activities, including collecting $200 for the Sustainable Morehead springtime tree planting, leading a Cardboard Bale Race and conducting a waste-recycle audit at MSU residence halls. MSU Athletics joined the effort by trailblazing a one-mile expansion of the campus trail system.

Ahmadi donated more than 100 volunteer hours for environmental causes in the past nine months, according to Haight. She said he is also president of the new Energy Club and MSU’s Free Enterprise Club, and he participates in Sustainable Morehead.

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our volunteers. More than 360,000 volunteers have helped with PRIDE cleanup and education projects. We want to thank TECO Coal for helping PRIDE give these generous people the recognition they deserve.”

“Please tell us about PRIDE volunteers who impressed you because we want to thank them,” Wilson said. “You can call our office at 677-6150 or go online to submit a nomination for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.”


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