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11-year-old Logan Strunk donates $100 to PRIDE

PRIDE President/CEO Tammie Nazario accepted Logan Strunk’s $100 donation for environmental cleanup projects.

Eleven-year-old Logan Strunk earned a $500 prize for picking up 414 bags of trash from McCreary County roads in April. Rather than keeping the money for himself, Logan donated $100 to PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup activities across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

Now a sixth grader at McCreary County Middle School, Logan was a fifth grader at Pine Knot Elementary when he won the $500. It was the 1st Place prize in the school’s #3BagChallenge, which rewarded fifth-grade students who picked up roadside litter. Students collected a total of 1,458 bags of trash during the contest.

“I already was proud of all the students who worked so hard to clean McCreary County’s roads during the contest, and then Logan told me he wanted to donate $100 toward other cleanup events,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Nazario.

“I just don’t have the words to fully express my gratitude and respect for this young man’s selfless gesture,” Nazario said. “Logan is willing to invest his time and hard-earned money to make a difference, and we all can learn a lesson from him. I want to thank Logan for this donation and his leadership during the #3BagChallenge.”

“It is important to take care of the environment because a clean environment keeps us safe and healthy,” Logan said. “It also helps make our community and world look better, which makes us feel better and proud of the area we live.”

Logan’s mother, Aimee Strunk, was not at all surprised when he wanted to donate some of his prize money. She said, “He is very generous and always looks for ways to help others. It was never about winning money for him. It was about helping to make the community he lives in a better place.”

Pine Knot Elementary teacher Tara Tucker organized the #3BagChallenge for fifth-grade students. The students were rewarded with cash prizes, a pizza party, T-shirts and medals, thanks to donations from local organizations and individuals. PRIDE provided the trash bags, gloves and safety vests for students.

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