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Pride is promoting rain barrels for environment, as fundraisers

Watering lawns from rainbarrels can save up to 40% of water bills, according to Pride spokesperson. Schools can raise funds by selling rain barrels, as well.
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By Cindy Lackey

SOMERSET, KY - Pride is partnering with schools to offer rain barrels to thrifty homeowners as a fundraiser for environmental education and a safeguard for water quality.

Proceeds from rain barrel sales will benefit Pride environmental education programs across the region. Ten percent of the funds will go directly to the schools that participate in the rain barrel project.

The 35-gallon rain barrels are assembled and painted with environmental themes by students in Pride Clubs, which are service-oriented, environmental organizations at schools across the region.

Pride, a nonprofit organization, will provide the materials to the schools and sell the rain barrels.

"This is a perfect fit because it fulfills two of Pride's goals at the same time: improving water quality and promoting environmental education," Tammie Wilson of Pride, which promotes environmental cleanup and education in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

"Our school is participating because we love finding new ways to get our students involved in the community," said Shannon Ball, who sponsors the North Laurel Middle School Pride Club, which was the first to assemble rain barrels. "This project has benefited our students by showing them different ways to help the environment."

"People need rain barrels to conserve water," said Whitney McCowan, an eighth-grade member of the North Laurel Middle School Pride Club. "They are easy to use, artistic and very convenient."

When attached to downspouts, rain barrels capture and store water.

They help the environment by reducing rainwater runoff, which can cause flooding and carry pollutants, such as automotive fluids and fertilizer.

Pride rain barrels have faucets, which make them ideal for watering flowers, gardens and lawns. This can be especially handy during dry summer months, especially if there are water restrictions.

"Watering from a rain barrel will cut your water bill," Wilson said. "The savings can really add up because watering lawns and gardens accounts for nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer."

"When you pick up your rain barrel at our office in Somerset, KY, it will be fully assembled and ready to attach to your downspout," Wilson said. "We will give you instructions for installing and maintaining it. You can start making a difference in your water bill and local water quality right away."

The price for unpainted ran barrels is $100. Rain barrels decorated by students cost $150.

Pride rain barrels, are available at the Pride office, whose toll free number is (888) 577-4339.

This story was posted on 2011-04-19 07:12:28
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North Laurel Middle School selling PRIDE rain barrels

2011-04-19 - 101 Johnson RD, London, KY - Photo by Cindy Lacky. PRIDE photo..
North Laurel Middle School PRIDE Club members posed with the PRIDE rain barrels they decorate. They are, from left: Hannah Robinson, Caitlin Gibson, Sierra Hone, Jordan Marcum, Ryan Jones, Michael Burke, Hannah Robbins, Reno Burns, Katlyn Helton, Jacquelynn Sears, Whitney McCowan, Destiny Sliter, Angela Sloan, Samantha Nalley, Tara Croft, Timothy Hurley, Justin Perkins, Justin Grimes and Dakota Mendez. Not pictured is Jason Fee, the NLMS art teacher who instructed and supervised the students during art classes to complete the water barrels.

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