JANUARY 26, 2015;
PRIDE awards $30,000 for environmental education clubs…
SOMERSET, KY — 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.
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.
For a list of all PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contract recipients, please visit the PRIDE web site at www.kypride.org.