BCHS, Centre and Girl Scouts earn PRIDE awards

July 08, 2004

Bluegrass PRIDE recently recognized outstanding communities and volunteers at an awards ceremony. Stewardship awards were given to citizens from each of the 18 counties in the PRIDE service area.

PRIDE stands for Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment.

Also, two Clean Community Awards, two PRIDE Partner Awards, five Planet Protector Awards, three James E. Bickford Awards, one Earth Artist Award, and one Bluegrass Stewardship Award were presented.

The Boyle County Stewardship Award was given to Centre College, which has given thousands of volunteer hours to clean up and educate Danville and Boyle County. As the director of student life, Ann Young has worked with Donna Fechter, Boyle County solid waste coordinator, in organizing the Freshman Student Plunge.

More than 2,500 students working 7,500 hours were dedicated to clean up Clarks Run Creek, the Chaplin River and Perryville Battlefield as well as numerous open dumps.


Chris Barton, professor of biology, and Rose Marie Rosseler, biology lab coordinator, have been instrumental in the effort to reforest Clarks Run. Patrick Kagen-Moore, professor of dramatic arts, has developed a theater group called "Trash Theater" which brings environmental issues to life in the classroom.

Through the Bonner Foundation, Centre has provided a student to work with the 13 schools in Boyle County and help them with environmental education and writing PRIDE grants. Fraternities and sororities at Centre help all year long with open dump cleanups, adopt-a-highway programs and painting the recycling center.

One of the Planet Protector Awards went to Boyle County High School. Led by Jamie Hester, students are involved in three environmental clubs. The Youth Environmental Summit Club helps prepare for the annual statewide summit on planned growth.

Club members not only look into their own community but also have taken field trips to explore other communities across the state for examples of planned and unplanned growth. The recycling club coordinates activities within the high school and makes bracelets out of old toothbrushes as a fund-raiser. The Elk Group, which is just getting started, will study the reintroduction of elk into Kentucky.

Another Planet Protector Award was awarded to Girl Scout Troop 1273 of Boyle County. In April, the troop received one of Bluegrass PRIDE's Environmental Action Award patches. The troop, led by Karen Godman, cleaned up litter at BCHS and around neighborhood streets. It also participated in the Clarks Run reforestation project.

As part of its litter abatement and enforcement efforts, Bluegrass PRIDE encouraged local officials to enforce litter and dumping laws, especially during the PRIDE/Commonwealth Spring Cleanup in March and April. The first James E. Bickford Enforcement Award went to the enforcement officer from central Kentucky with the most littering or illegal dumping citations for the spring. Tom Broach, director of codes enforcement for Danville, won the award for handing out 40 citations.

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