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Adair County High honored at sixth annual PRIDE Envi Awards

37 from Adair schools attend event in competition for High School Campus of the Year, a category the school won in 2004
Photo of 37 Adair Countians, Rep. Rogers, follows articleAdair County High School was honored at the sixth annual PRIDE Envi Awards yesterday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Adair County was one of three finalists for the 2006 PRIDE High School Campus of the Year Award.

At the event, Adair native and ACHS alumnus A.L. Sinclair won the PRIDE Envi Award for Individual Leadership.

37 Adair teachers and students attended the ceremony

Thirty-seven teachers and students from the high school and Colonel William E. Casey Elementary School attended the awards ceremony and luncheon. The ceremony featured a video about the school's environmental education projects. The awards program was recorded for broadcast on WYMT-TV on June 12 at 7 p.m. ET and KET on June 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

"I congratulate our Envi Award finalists and winners," said Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5). "You earned this special recognition because you improved our environment this year. You should take great pride in knowing that you made a difference. I certainly am proud of you."

Rogers continued, "The Envi Awards honor the people who went an extra mile for PRIDE this year, but there are literally thousands of additional volunteers, community leaders and students who are paving the way to a cleaner, healthier future. I thank you all."

ACHS recognized for its exceptional environmental education program

Adair County High School was recognized for its exceptional environmental education program. The Indian-PRIDE Arboretum, which is on the campus shared by the high school and Colonel William E. Casey Elementary School, is the focal point for a variety of hands-on learning activities. Students plant native trees there and enjoy lessons along the nature trail and in the outdoor classroom shelter.

In the schools joint PRIDE Club, the Garden Friends, older students mentor younger ones. Last fall, high school students organized a "Pumpkin Patch" in the arboretum for the elementary students. The event included a hay maze, face painting, games, story telling and "picking" pumpkins placed on the ground. Students regularly participate in local cleanup and water-quality monitoring efforts.

School won the PRIDE High School Campus of the Year Award in 2004

In 2004, Adair County won the PRIDE High School Campus of the Year Award, which is presented annually to one high school in the 38-county service area of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE. The awards recognize school projects that incorporate hands-on environmental learning, show creativity and community involvement, and are tied to state curriculum guidelines.
The PRIDE initiative was launched in 1997 by Rogers and the late James E. Bickford, who was the Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. PRIDE serves 38 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. The organization links citizens with the resources of local, state and federal agencies to clean up the region's waterways, end illegal trash dumps and promote environmental education and awareness. PRIDE is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.For more information, please call the PRIDE office at 888-577-4339 or visit the PRIDE web site

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2004 PRIDE Winner ACHS is finalist in 2006

2006-05-09 - The Center for Rural Development, Somerset, KY - Photo CRD Photographer. Congressman Hal Rogers, Cynthia Rogers and J. Waterford, the PRIDE mascot, with Adair County High School students (listed alphabetically): Devin Bell, Brandon Bennett, Anna Birdwell, Brandon Byrd, Amanda Chadwell, Kristy Claywell, Leslie Coffey, Donna Curry, Sydney Franklin, Cody Gabbert, Natasha Holmes, Caleb Irvin, Kayka Phelps, Amanda Roach, Emily Smith, Deanna Turner and Katy Walker. The elementary school students in the photo were (listed alphabetically): Breanna Antone, Hailey Birdwell, Preston Coomer, Samantha Gilbert, Jeralyn Kessler, Ashley McLaen, Christopher Miller, Taya Murphy, Abigail Thompson and Troy Warren. Adults representing the schools were (listed alphabetically): Debbie Bradshaw, Arlinda Kessler and Sheila Willis.
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