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Rogers Explorers serve with PRIDE

On June 2, 2013, 36 Rogers Explorers volunteered with PRIDE at the Holmes Bend area of Green River Lake to gain experience in community service.

On June 2, 2013, 36 Rogers Explorers volunteered with PRIDE at the Holmes Bend area of Green River Lake to gain experience in community service.

On June 5, 2013, PRIDE arranged for 34 Rogers Explorers to volunteer along HWY 92 in Williamsburg to gain experience in community service.

On June 5, 2013, PRIDE arranged for 34 Rogers Explorers to volunteer along HWY 92 in Williamsburg to gain experience in community service.

Students learning to be future leaders of southern and eastern Kentucky got a hands-on lesson in community service in June.

Seventy ninth-graders picked up trash in Williamsburg and at Green River Lake. Each group worked for two hours, and they collected a total of 50 bags of trash, one tire and two large metal pieces.

PRIDE organized the cleanups near the University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson College to fulfill the service component of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program.

Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on a college campus developing their leadership skills, while exploring their interests in some of today’s top in-demand careers.

Through hands-on experiments and classroom instruction, students are encouraged to begin building their future careers in math, science and technology.

Students apply as eighth graders and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year.

Their service project is part of the program’s goal of encouraging a long-term commitment to the students’ communities.

“It is rewarding to partner with The Center to provide service opportunities for the Rogers Explorers every summer,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“You feel good about our region’s future when you spend time with these up-and-coming leaders, especially when you see them catching the spirit of volunteerism,” Wilson said.

The Center and PRIDE were created by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) to assist communities with creating opportunities for young people. PRIDE’s role is to promote personal responsibility for the environment. The Center addresses several facets of community development, including enlightening Kentucky’s next generation of community and business leaders.

For more information about the Rogers Explorers program, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech.com.

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