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Students plan to grow food for their cafeteria

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The P.R.I.D.E. Club at Pikeville High School which stands for 'Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment' has been working hard to positively impact their school and community. Club sponsor and Science teacher Kelly Scott says, “We want to promote a sustainable lifestyle and teach people to take care of themselves.”

Scott says the club will be able to do even more after being awarded a grant from the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. President of the Chamber, Jared Arnett, says, “Education is producing our future workforce and our local businesses have an interest in being a part of that.”

The club already has plans for the grant, including nutrition improvements in the cafeteria…but it is not your typical lunchroom upgrade. Scott explains, “Our ultimate goal is to grow food for the cafeteria and we know it is not going to be tons and tons of food, but we are going to be growing something here and putting it in the cafeteria for students and staff to eat.”

P.R.I.D.E. member Mac Hall says, “When you grow fresh there is more nutrition so our students will be healthier in our lunchroom.”

The students in the P.R.I.D.E. program say they are excited for the area behind the school to be transformed into a garden complete with a greenhouse.

Dalton Stanley, a P.R.I.D.E. member says, “I enjoy planting and I am excited to share with other students and teach them how to grow produce too”.

Teachers believe the students will learn to enjoy and appreciate this hobby. Hall explains his hopes for his fellow classmates, “Some students will be like ew chores, labor yuck...but I think after awhile they will see the importance of the garden.”

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