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NOV. 17 — PRIDE CLUB FUNDS:  If your PRIDE Club could use $750, then apply by Nov. 17 for a PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contract. We thank the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for funding this program to continue the educational and community impact of service-oriented PRIDE Clubs. Apply online: http://kypride.org/2014/11/pride-club-funds-available-apply-by-nov-17/

DEC. 2 — #GIVINGTUESDAY:  In the week following Thanksgiving, Americans will spend millions of dollars on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is an international campaign that reminds us to give back by volunteering and donating to worthy causes. Please consider how you will make a difference on #GivingTuesday. We would appreciate your donation to PRIDE at  http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Easternkentuckypride

717 TRAINED WITH PRIDE:  We recently wrapped up two years of free training programs funded by $195,798 in grants from the USDA Rural Development Utilities Program. On the solid waste front, we trained 326 people during nine one-day workshops for the region’s elected officials and solid waste management professionals. We partnered with the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) to provide four two-day workshops and two one-day leadership institutes for the region’s water and wastewater professionals, which drew 391 participants who earned a total of 2,325 continuing education hours. PRIDE and KRWA will offer free water and wastewater training workshops again in 2015, thanks to a new USDA grant. Watch our web site for details, but we can tell you dates and locations now:
Feb. 5-6, 2015, in Hazard; March 3-4, 2015, in Somerset;  and June 2-3, 2015, in Grayson.

We bid farewell to Mark Davis and Jennifer Johnson this fall. Both had worked at PRIDE for 12 years. Their impact on our region's schools, communities and environment is immeasurable. They are dearly loved and greatly missed. We wish them the best in their new positions.

The PRIDE Board of Directors will be led in 2014/2015 by (left to right) Chairman Phil Osborne, President/CEO Tammie Wilson, Secretary Sandy Gay and Vice Chairman Jack Keeney. Treasurer A.L. Sinclair is not in the photo. Phil, Sandy, Jack and A.L. are volunteers and we appreciate their service. Click here to read more...

On Oct. 9, Pikeville celebrated the start of sewer improvements that will add 250+ homes and businesses, with funding assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers through its partnership with PRIDE. Click here to read more...

This summer, we were pleased to partner with The Center for Rural Development, City of Burnside and Walmart to launch KidsFest. The events at The Center in Somerset offered fun activities and games for families and raised funds for good causes. In this photo, our own Jennifer Johnson was enjoying KidsFest with her children.

We thank the Rogers Explorers from 24 counties who picked up litter in Columbia and Williamsburg in June for a hands-on lesson in community service. Click here for Columbia story...  Click here for Williamsburg story... 
 

PRIDE VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH:  We, along with TECO Coal Corporation, thank these volunteers for service that went above and beyond expectations. In this photo is a cleanup organized by September winner Bobby Thorpe of Breathitt County. Click here for photos and stories of all winners...

We welcome Becky Calhoun to the PRIDE staff. As our new Executive Coordinator, she will assist you with all PRIDE programs. You may recognize Becky's voice when you call our office because she has helped us over the years that she was with our sister organization, Operation UNITE.

Summer improvements to this wetland at Russell County Middle School was one of the hands-on learning projects funded by 112 PRIDE Environmental Education Contracts awarded during the 2013/2014 school year, thanks to an ARC grant. The contracts benefitted 48,986 students across the region. Click here to read more about this amazing wetland...

On Aug. 18, McCreary County broke ground to extend sewer from Revelo to Stearns to serve 90 homes, with funding assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers through its partnership with PRIDE. Click here to read more...

On Oct. 18, 18 volunteers picked up 50 bags of trash and 4 tires during the annual Redbird Ranger District PRIDE Cleanup. We thank them and our partners in the event: the US Forest Service and Leslie County Fiscal Court.

Bevins Elementary School won Pike County's PRIDE AT&T Phonebook Recycling Contest, collecting a total of 1,143 phonebooks and winning $500 from AT&T. Here are PRIDE Board member Rosalind Stanley, PRIDE Coordinator Jimmy Dale Sanders, Solid Waste Coordinator Bobby Mullins, PRIDE Board Sec. Betty Brown, Bevins Custodian Russell Harrison, Bevins Family Resource Center Director Vanessia Gillespie, Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and PRIDE Board Chairman Kent Stacy.

PRIDE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECTS OF THE MONTH: We lift up these projects as creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. In this photo is April winner West Carter Middle School. Click here for photos and stories of all winners...

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