Emceeing the Harlan County Conservation District’s (HCCD) annual soil stewardship and awards banquet on Tuesday, HCCD Chairman David Howard said in 1955 the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship.
Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world’s largest conservation related observances.
“The stewardship concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources as we use them wisely, leaving a rich legacy for future generations,” said Howard. “Stewardship week helps to remind us all of the power each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. When everyone works together with their local conservation district, the power continuously grows.”
After presenting three J. Clark Metcalfe Memorial scholarships in the amount of $500 each to area students, Howard said, “all three of these students, John-Wesley Cooper, of Wallins, Emily Brooke Landis, of Harlan, and Alaina Christine Mavinidis, of Harlan, have demonstrated a positive influence in our community during their high school years and show great promise in the future.”
The J.Clark Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship Program was founded in 2002 to honor longtime HCCD board member Jerry Metcalfe.
Checks and certificates were also awarded to area students for their participation in the Jim Claypool Poster and Essay Contests sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau and the 121 Local Conservation District of Kentucky. Approximately 130 attended the event held at Camp Blanton, on Watts Creek.
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