Sunday, March 27, 2011

 

EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...3-28-'11















Spring kicked off with beautiful weather in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, giving families the opportunity to get out and enjoy the welcomed sunshine. I spent the first few days of spring, traveling throughout the district and realized our roadsides are in need of the annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup. The new PRIDE volunteer t-shirts are printed, garbage bags and supplies are in stock and now all we need is the most important ingredient, volunteers. Last year, a record-breaking 31,239 volunteers participated in the Annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup in April.  I was amazed by the growing desire our people have to restore our region to its natural beauty by removing the trash and debris along our roadsides and waterways. The fruits of our labor become more evident with each year, but every spring brings more work to do.  This year, PRIDE is issuing the “Get 5 for PRIDE” challenge. The challenge is being delivered in two ways; first, for every city and county to increase volunteer participation numbers from last year by five percent; second, for every individua to invite five people to volunteer. If we all “Get 5 for PRIDE,” just imagine what we can accomplish.  Over the last 14 years, PRIDE volunteers have removed nearly one million tires from roadsides, lakes and streams, along with nearly 200,000 old appliances and more than 640,000 bags of trash. The work of PRIDE volunteers has directly impacted tourism and economic development by improving our region’s appearance.  Let’s keep up the good work and “Get 5 for PRIDE” in 2011. For more information, please call the PRIDE office toll free at 888-577-4339.



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