Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jean Clement, September 26, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Teaching around the country

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Partial Transcript: This is, this is Dale Johnson with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE Incorporated talking with teacher Jean Clement at the Russell County Middle School, um, and today is Tuesday September 26th, 2006.

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses the various places she has lived and taught, and her eventual move back to her hometown in Russell County, Kentucky.

Keywords: Master's degrees; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Middle schools; Russell County (Ky.); Schools; Teachers; Texas

00:04:13 - Getting involved with PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: I'm really impressed with your PRIDE work. Um, were you, um, the teacher that helped start it in, what, '99?

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses how she got involved with PRIDE. Clement also discusses taking a trip with 140 students to a creek.

Keywords: Creeks; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmental education; Environmentalism; Grants and funding; School principals; Students; Teachers

00:08:16 - PRIDE clubs without grants

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Partial Transcript: Just for me, to get it straight, now every year the PRIDE, you're supposed to do a--participate in some kind of cleanup, right, the PRIDE club?

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses doing cleanups with her PRIDE club. Clement also discusses issues that come from not writing a grant for the PRIDE club, including not being able to attend the Envi awards.

Keywords: Envi Awards; PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Grants and funding

00:12:26 - Accommodations for clubs without grants

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, cause I, I guess it's just understood that unless you write a grant, you don't have a PRIDE club, or at least it's not recognized, you see.

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses how PRIDE accommodates her PRIDE club, even during years when they don't write a grant.

Keywords: PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmentalism; Grants and funding; T-shirts

00:14:51 - Main PRIDE club projects

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Partial Transcript: The high school in Letcher County, where I live, they were the, they were the campus of the year, whatever, 2006.

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses three of the main projects she does with her PRIDE club, including water quality testing, schoolyard cleanups, and adopting a highway.

Keywords: Adopt A Highway; Campus cleanups; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Project Clean Streams; Schoolyard cleanups; Water testing

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Water quality; Water--sampling

00:16:11 - Nature trail and outdoor classroom

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Partial Transcript: But, uh, I noticed some other projects here when I was looking. Um, you did a nature trail?

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses the nature trail project, including lessons on tree identification and wildfire fighting equipment. Clement also discusses the outdoor classroom with a hummingbird garden and a butterfly garden.

Keywords: Hummingbird gardens; Outdoor classrooms; Tree identification; Wildfire fighting equipment

Subjects: Butterfly gardens; Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Forests and forestry; Nature trails; Outdoor learning laboratories.

00:19:30 - Recycling program

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Partial Transcript: Okay, and then, let's see, oh, recycling--

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses the recycling program in her school and the efforts for a county-wide recycling program.

Keywords: Fiscal courts; Morgan Sanitation; Presentations

Subjects: Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Recycling (Waste, etc.); Recycling centers; Schools

00:27:57 - Using technology with the PRIDE club

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Partial Transcript: I, I wanna be sure that I've talked about--now you've got this--uh, I was impressed that you've gotten these kids involved in PowerPoint presentations.

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses using technology with her PRIDE club, including making PowerPoint presentations. Clement also discusses the video of her PRIDE club aired at the Envi Awards.

Keywords: Envi Awards; KET; PowerPoint; Presentations; TV crews; Television crews; Videos

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Kentucky Educational Television; Microsoft PowerPoint (Computer file); Technology; Video recordings

00:30:13 - eCYBERMISSION

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, um, one other project that we did, last year for the first time we did cy--eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the US Army.

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses eCYBERMISSION, a program some of her students participated in, in which students solve a community problem using the scientific method and submit their results and ideas online.

Keywords: Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Recycling (Waste, etc.); U.S. Army; eCYBERMISSION

Subjects: Air quality; Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; United States. Army.

00:32:52 - Hopes for the future

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Partial Transcript: So how do you see, how do you see yourself working with PRIDE in the future?

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses her goal of working for PRIDE in the future. Clement also discusses her hopes for a PRIDE club in the local high school in the near future.

Keywords: Future; Jobs; PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Careers; Employment--Kentucky; Environmental education.; High schools; Occupations

00:35:04 - Documentation program

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Partial Transcript: I hope that--I mean, I wish that I had you as one of the documentation clubs this year.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the documentation program he's doing with PRIDE clubs and encourages Clement to sign up.

Keywords: PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Documentation; Interviews; Teachers; Technology

00:37:23 - Kentucky Lights on Afterschool

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Partial Transcript: Uh, something we're doing this year, uh, we have been asked to go, there's this um, after school program, 21st Century is a grant, federal grant, and they're having a celebration for, I don't know if it's an anniversary or what...

Segment Synopsis: Clement discusses the Kentucky Lights on Afterschool celebration her PRIDE club has been invited to. Clement also discusses the Change a Light, Change the World program.

Keywords: 21st Century; CFLs; Celebrations; Change a Light, Change the World; Kentucky Lights on After School; Kentucky Lights on Afterschool; Lightbulbs; PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (U.S.); Frankfort (Ky.); Grants and funding

00:39:42 - Green schools

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Partial Transcript: Before we do that, have you heard about the environmental, um, education council having this green schools thing coming up this year?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson lets Clement know about the Green Schools program. Clement and Johnson discuss how it is more difficult to reach older generations with environmental education.

Keywords: Environmental Education Council; Green schools; Recycling (Waste, etc.)

Subjects: Children; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Schools