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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) joined State Representative Rocky Adkins, Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Mike Armstrong and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of Blaine Elementary School’s new wastewater system.
“This project is a prime example of local, state and federal leaders working together,” said Rogers. “When we found out about the poor condition of the wastewater system at Blaine Elementary, PRIDE stepped up with a vital grant to make sure the 226 students and their environment would be taken care of. Once funding was in place, the work was completed in only a few short weeks."

PRIDE provided the Lawrence County Board of Education with a Wastewater Construction Grant of $30,000 to replace the old clay underground sewer line from Blaine Elementary to the local wastewater treatment plant. Officials with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection worked with the school system to develop a compliance schedule that would allow the school system to make the necessary repairs. 

“PRIDE is pleased to provide so many resources for our communities,” said Karen Engle, President and CEO of PRIDE. “We always celebrate our annual Spring Cleanup Events in April and Roadside PRIDE events every October, but PRIDE does so much more. We have really expanded our environmental education inside the classroom, but we must continue working to improve the environment around our students as well. PRIDE has invested more than $2.7 Million for things like education, homeowner septic systems and wastewater construction projects in Lawrence County and we’ll continue to be here for this community.”

A record-breaking number of volunteers participated in the 2010 PRIDE Spring Cleanup. More than 31,200 individuals picked up trash along roadways, lakes and streams in April. Rogers said that included more than 400 volunteers across Lawrence County cleaning 50 miles of roadway and removing 215 old tires. He also encouraged participation during the upcoming Roadside PRIDE event during the month of October. 

Congressman Rogers commended local leaders for their dedication to PRIDE, as well as support for Operation UNITE. Rogers presented “Hal Rogers Difference Maker” Awards to Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts and Chief Phillip Claxton with the Louisa City Police Department. Both agencies have worked diligently with the law enforcement officers at Operation UNITE to arrest suspected drug dealers in the county.

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