LCCHS students clean river, win PRIDE award

WHITESBURG, KY — For serving as good stewards of the Kentucky River, the Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club has earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.  

These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts
These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts

The club members volunteered on Nov. 23 for a cleanup organized by Headwaters, Inc., a local community watershed group in Whitesburg. They joined volunteers from Headwaters and AmeriCorps to remove trash and other debris that had been making it difficult for canoes to navigate the river. 

“The Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club got up early on a cold Saturday morning to get dirty and clean up their environment,” said Evan Smith, who is president of Headwaters. “The students cleaned up over a half-mile of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and collected a truckload of garbage in just a few hours.” 

“This event showed the students’ dedication to bettering their community and that their environmental education goes beyond the classroom,” Smith added. “The students learned that if we can clean up aesthetic problems like litter then we have beautiful natural resources that are ours to enjoy.” 

“Volunteering for this local cleanup project was a great hands-on lesson in stewardship,” said PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson, who presented the plaque yesterday.  

“I thank the club members for taking responsibility for the river, which is so important to their community’s health and economy,” Johnson said. “They are on the right track to be excellent stewards of Letcher  County’s beautiful landscape in the future.” 

“We also want to thank Regina Donour for her leadership,” Johnson added. “As the PRIDE Club sponsor, Ms. Donour has inspired countless teenagers over the years. She has made a difference in their lives and this community.” 

Headwaters, which is a nonprofit organization, formed five years ago to improve the watersheds in Letcher County. The group envisions a community where citizens are committed to and take responsibility for clean water and a desirable environment necessary for a thriving and diverse economy based in responsible business and local investment. 

To be informed about opportunities to clean up local streams and build the infrastructure to encourage more people to canoe the North Fork, follow Headwaters at www.facebook.com/kyheadwaters. 

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. 

Follow PRIDE online at www.facebook.com/EasternKentuckyPRIDE.

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