Three Letcher County schools have been awarded a total of $11,930 in PRIDE Environmental Education Grants.
Martha Jane Potter Elementary School plans to build an outdoor classroom with its $4,000 grant. The school estimated that 200 students will use the classroom during the school year. West Whitesburg Elementary School will use its $3,930 grant to create and maintain a garden and purchase educational resources. The school expects the grant to benefit 450 students this year.
Letcher County Central High School received a $4,000 grant to supply water to its greenhouse, enhance its outdoor classroom, and buy calculators and probes for water monitoring. Nine hundred students will be impacted by the grant this year.
Each grant includes $500 to operate a service-oriented PRIDE Club.
The PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program is available to schools, nonprofit organizations and other education providers in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The one-year grants support hands-on activities that show students how and why to take personal responsibility for their environment.