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Meece Middle School Students Earn PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award

PRIDE’s Angela Traver with Meece Middle School Students, Grace Thompson, Hana Saich, Ava Hunt and Assistant Principal David Miller.

Somerset, KY — Taking care of the environment is a life long endeavor and these fifth grade students at Meece Middle School are getting into the habit early. On November 5, 2016 Hana Saich, Ava Hunt and Grace Thompson organized and participated in a cleanup event in downtown Somerset as part of their Junior BETA club community service requirements. For their efforts, the staff of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc. is proud to present them each with the Volunteer of the Month Award.


“I talked to the girls about the importance of taking care of the environment and we decided that doing a cleanup in downtown Somerset would be a great project,” said Ann Saich who supervised and also participated in the cleanup. “We all learned a lot. Picking up trash is a real eye-opening experience. You don’t realize how much is out there until you are doing it.”


During their cleanup, the girls spent five hours picking up trash around the Somerset Library, Judicial Center and on Main Street. They collected 12 bags of garbage and learned the value of each individual taking care of their own space and protecting it.


“PRIDE is celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017 and our theme is “A Generation of Change.” It is students like these who truly help create that change,” said Tammie Wilson, President and CEO of PRIDE. “By realizing the importance of protecting our environment early, these girls will become life long stewards and help teach others to do the same.“


For more information on PRIDE, the Volunteer of the Month Award, or to nominate someone for Volunteer of the Month go to www.kypride.org.



PRIDE, which stands for “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment,” was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and the late James Bickford, who was the Kentucky Secretary for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The PRIDE mission is to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region.


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