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PRIDE awards $30,000 for environmental ed clubs

With $200 from PRIDE … plus 400 pounds of bottle caps … North Laurel Middle School will recycle plastic into a bench for the school. NLMS students have run school-wide and community recycling programs for years. This year, they will see the end result of their collection efforts when their bottle caps are recycled into a bench by Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana.

With $200 from PRIDE … plus 400 pounds of bottle caps … North Laurel Middle School will recycle plastic into a bench for the school. NLMS students have run school-wide and community recycling programs for years. This year, they will see the end result of their collection efforts when their bottle caps are recycled into a bench by Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana.

Student groups that explore nature and serve their communities have received a boost from Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.

PRIDE announced today that it had awarded $30,277 to PRIDE Clubs across the 42-county region. The PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are worth up to $750 each. They were awarded through a competitive application process. (For a list of contract recipients, scroll down.)

PRIDE Clubs are student groups dedicated to environmental education. Club members learn about nature through fun, hands-on activities. They also serve their communities by volunteering for local cleanup events and performing their own project to improve the local environment.

For the remainder of the school year, PRIDE Clubs will use their contracts for a variety of activities that show students the importance of a clean environment, personal responsibility and community pride. For example, many PRIDE Clubs will spend their contracts on supplies for recycling programs, gardens and Earth Day events.

“Teachers and students have great ideas for learning and serving projects, and the PRIDE Club contracts will make it easier to put those ideas into action,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“Over the 18 years that PRIDE has been promoting environmental education, we have seen the power that students have to change their communities,” Wilson said. “PRIDE Clubs help students discover and use that power.”

PRIDE was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Natural Resources Secretary James E. Bickford to promote “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment” in southern and eastern Kentucky.

Since 1997, PRIDE has made 1,376 funding awards for environmental education projects, impacting 706,805 students across the region. The funds have been used for a wide variety of stewardship activities, from operating PRIDE Clubs to building greenhouses.

The 2015 PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are the third round of contracts made possible by a $175,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., agrees and warrants that 66 percent of the program will be financed by federal funding with the remaining 34 percent financed by state and local resources. Total project cost is $266,501, of which $175,000 will be funded by the ARC.

2015 PRIDE CLUB ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONTRACT RECIPIENTS, BY COUNTY

Adair County

Adair County Elementary School — $750

Lindsey Wilson College — $650

 

Bell County

Frakes School Center — $750

 

Breathitt County

MKCAP Head Start— $750

LBJ Elementary — $750

Breathitt County High School — $750

 

Carter County

West Carter Middle — $720

 

Clay County

Manchester Elementary — $750

KCEOC Head Start — $750

 

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Conservation District/Cumberland County Middle School — $750

 

Johnson County

Paintsville High School — $750

 

Harlan County

KCEOC Head Start — $750

 

Knox County

KCEOC Head Start — $750

Flat Lick Elementary — $750

Knox Central High School — $750

Barbourville High School — $750

 

Laurel County

East Bernstadt Independent — $750

North Laurel Middle — $250

 

Lee County

MKCAP Head Start — $750

Beattyville Elementary — $750

Southside Elementary — $750

Lee County Middle — $750

Lee County High School — $750

 

Letcher County

Cowan Elementary School — $700

Letcher County Middle — $750

Whitesburg Middle School — $750

Letcher County Central High School — $750

 

Magoffin County

Magoffin County Cooperative Extension Office/Magoffin County High School — $750

 

Monroe County

Tompkinsville Elementary — $750

Gamaliel Elementary — $750

 

Owsley County

Owsley County Elementary School — $750

Owsley County High School — $750

 

Pike County

Millard Elementary — $750

Southside Elementary — $750

 

 

Pulaski County

Somerset Christian — $750

Somerset Community College — $750

Pulaski County Public Library — $732

 

Rowan County

Morehead State University — $730

 

Whitley County

Whitley County East — $450

Whitley Central Intermediate School — $545

 

Wolfe County

Wolfe County Middle — $750

MKCAP Head Start — $750

 

 

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