For using technology to promote recycling, the Tompkinsville Elementary School PRIDE Club has won the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.
Four members of the PRIDE Club chose to educate their peers about recycling as a project for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP). The students are Cahill Wilson (5th grade), Tyrec Mink (5th grade), Emily Burks (4th grade) and Abby Turner (5th grade).
They made a PowerPoint presentation about recycling, and they taught it to every class in the school, from Kindergarten through fifth grade. The lesson covered the importance of recycling, as well as how to use the school’s recycling program.
The project met the STLP goal of developing activities which benefit communities. To present their project at STLP competitions, they made a brochure and display board. They used recycled materials to build the display board.
The group advanced from the district to regional STLP competition. Their high scores at the regional level earned them the chance to compete at the State STLP Competition in Lexington in May. At each competition, they have been scored by judges on their knowledge of the project.
“We are thrilled they chose recycling as a topic that would benefit their community,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis who presented a plaque to the school on Dec. 10.
“They really understand that caring for the environment is important for a healthy, enjoyable community,” Davis said. “That’s what PRIDE is all about — realizing that a clean environment is valuable and doing something about it.”
“I am very proud of these students,” said Dana Hammer, who sponsors the PRIDE Club and nominated the students for the PRIDE award.
“At all competitions these students competed against students in middle and high schools,” Hammer said. “It is a big accomplishment for the students to have succeeded in spreading the word about recycling.”
The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month program rewards creative, effective ways of showing students why and how to care for the environment.