SOMERSET — Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that a $500 grant was awarded to the McCreary County Extension Council for an environmental education project with local students.
The council will use the grant to help pay for its Environmental Education Camp for 80 seventh-grade students who attend McCreary County Middle School. The camp is scheduled to be held in May at the J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London.
The three-day, two-night program will expose students to various environmentally related topics. They will learn by exploring the environment and participating in hands-on activities. The goal is guide them to become better environmental stewards.
The funding was awarded through the PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program. It was made possible by a grant to PRIDE from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).
Overall, PRIDE awarded $32,253 to schools that applied for the grant program across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The grants can be used for a variety of educational activities that help students appreciate and care for the environment and to serve their community.
“I want to congratulate the grant recipients and thank the educators who are leading these projects,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.
“Our region is blessed with incredible natural resources, so it is important that every generation learns how to be good stewards,” Wilson said. “PRIDE has been working in the schools for almost 20 years now, and we hear so many stories of children who changed their families’ habits on litter and recycling. Environmental education is making a difference in our region.”
“Beyond that, hands-on nature projects really help students learn a variety of subjects,” she explained. “The environmental education activities give them a chance to apply what they are learning in math and science and other classes. That means they understand and remember their lessons better.”
Since 1997, PRIDE has awarded 1,533 grants that impacted 745,575 students across the region. Schools have used PRIDE funds for a wide variety of activities, such as starting recycling programs and building outdoor classrooms, nature trails, wetlands and greenhouses.
Promoting environmental education is one the key missions of PRIDE, a nonprofit organization. The other two missions are cleaning up the region’s waterways and removing solid waste problems. Founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and the late General James E. Bickford, PRIDE works alongside citizens, teachers and elected officials to improve the region’s environment and quality of life.