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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Department of Education has provided $250,000 for PRIDE’s environmental education program. Last year, Rogers secured this important funding in the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill in order to promote environmental volunteerism and education.

“PRIDE has empowered Kentuckians to keep our region clean so that our scenic landscape and natural beauty will be safe for generations to come,” said Rogers. “Today in our classrooms, because of PRIDE’s important education program, our students are being taught the value of personal responsibility, conservation, and taking care of the environment that surrounds them. Kids in our communities are developing wetlands, constructing greenhouses, developing nature walks, and monitoring pollution. These funds are critical to continuing these efforts and equipping teachers to lead inside and outside the classroom.”

PRIDE, which promotes Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment in 38 counties, was launched by Rogers and the late General James Bickford, former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. To date, PRIDE has recruited more than 292,000 volunteers logging over 1 million volunteer hours, provided 29,485 homes with access to sanitary wastewater treatment, and cleaned up 139,725 tons of trash. 

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit