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Russell Co. Middle School wins PRIDE Champion of Earth Award

By Cindy Lackey

Russell Springs, KY - PRIDE has honored Russell County Middle School (RCMS) for outstanding achievements in environmental education during the 2009-2010 school year.

RCMS won Pride's Champion of the Earth Award, which distinguishes the region's most accomplished environmental education programs. By cultivating exceptional programs and facilities, the winners have shown a long-term commitment to equipping students to transform their community and world.

The award was presented yesterday during a ceremony at Russell County Middle School. The school received a trophy and $750 for its environmental education program.

"Russell County Middle School has been active in the Pride environmental education program for more than 10 years, and that long-term commitment is making a difference in the lives of students and the entire community," said Pride's Mark Davis. "Many students learn better by doing hands-on activities, which is at the heart of environmental education. RCMS students test water quality, they promote recycling, and they volunteer. They are preparing to be effective leaders in the future."

Russell County Middle School has an outdoor classroom shelter, nature trail, observation deck, bird and butterfly habitat, Enviroscape watershed model, and a booming recycling project, which is managed by the school's Pride Club. The Pride Club is active in the National Energy Education Development Project. The club participated in the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Earth Day Event, where they collected pledges for the Change-A-Light, Change the World campaign. They partnered with the Russell County Conservation District to host a Russell County Recycles Day, when they gave away recycling bins and information about local recycling.

The service-oriented Pride club is sponsored by the 21st Century After School Program.

RCMS has won several Pride awards for environmental education, including the Pride Middle School Campus of the Year Award in 2003. In 2008, Jean Clement, the teacher who co-sponsors the Russell County Middle School Pride program, won the region's Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award.

This story was posted on 2010-11-04 19:07:12
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Russell Co. Middle School wins Pride Earth Award

2010-11-04 - Photo by Cindy Lackey. Russell Co. Middle School, Russell Springs, KYRussell County Middle School students and faculty accepted the school's Champion of the Earth Award from Pride. Front row, from left: Kim Miller, Shelby Womack, Autumn Jackson, Bailey Brown, Alexis Best. Middle row: Kenzie McGowan, Katie Passmore, Brittany Hale, Kayla Thornton, Marketta Lawless, Mr. Mark Davis, Pride; Mrs. Jennifer Hardwick, Russell Co. Conservation Office and Laker Pride Co-sponsor). Back row, from left: Logan Russell, Haley Elliott, Elisha Loy, Jonathan Meece, Mrs. Kathy Robertson, 21st Century; Mrs. Kandi Campbell, 21st Century; and Ms. Jean Clement. Laker Pride Sponsor.
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