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Tyner Elementary tops in contest entries

Tyner Elementary School students accept PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award

Tyner Elementary School earned an award for its outstanding participation in a regional contest to design the 2014 PRIDE Spring Cleanup T-shirt. Accepting the award were students (left to right) Jasmine Ward, Abby Thompson, Cheyton Pennington, Andrew Gabbard, Natalie Carl and Peyton Hacker. The adults in the photo were (left to right): Ms. Tina Huff, Librarian; Jennifer Johnson, PRIDE; Principal Tim Johnson; and Carla Gabbard, Jackson County PRIDE Liaison.

Jackson County’s Tyner Elementary School has earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.

The school submitted the most entries in PRIDE’s region-wide contest for students to design the 2014 PRIDE Spring Cleanup T-shirt, which will be given to thousands of volunteers in April.

All third, fourth and fifth graders entered the contest, for a total of 196 entries from Tyner Elementary.

They were guided by Carla Gabbard, the Jackson County PRIDE Environmental Education Liaison. She leads hands-on lessons for third, fourth and fifth graders during their library class time at least once a month at all local schools. The T-shirt contest was one of her lessons.

“We talked about how to motivate people to keep Jackson County clean,” Gabbard explained. “They looked for the best way to get across their message. They found ways to express it in their own words and with drawings. The students were excited about the contest, and they put a lot of effort into doing their best.”

“I want to thank Ms. Tina Huff, the librarian, and Mr. Tim Johnson, the principal, for allowing me to work with the kids,” Gabbard added.

“The school deserves a lot of credit for encouraging so many students to participate in the contest because it challenged them to be creative and express why personal responsibility is important to them and their community,” said PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson, who presented a plaque to the school during an assembly for third, fourth and fifth graders.

“I want to thank Carla Gabbard, too, for making this a fun, rewarding project for the students,” Johnson said. “The fiscal court enrolled local schools in the PRIDE liaison program, and Carla receives great support in the schools. Successful projects like this one are the result of that partnership.”

“We received a total of 1,322 contest entries from 28 schools across 14 counties,” Johnson added. “In the spring, we’ll announce which student won the contest.”

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.


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