West Virginia Coal Education Week
The third week of April (April 17 – April 23, 2011) will commemorate Coal Education Week in the Mountain State, as officially declared by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Becky Neal from the Governor's office presented the proclamation to the CEDAR Board of Directors during a ceremony Monday, March 28, at 11: 00 a.m. in the West Wing governor’s reception room at the State Capitol.
The week will include a Regional Coal Fair held at the Harless Center in Gilbert, a picnic/tour on Tuesday night to recognize all the winning students with WVKM radio station live interviewing students, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College videoing winning students, and the presentation of student awards on Saturday. CEDAR educates students, teachers and parents about coal and its benefits through grant initiatives, coal educational fairs, and scholarships. The Tug Valley Mining Institute will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday night, April 21, at the Harless Center with guest speaker, Kurt Kost, President of Alpha Natural Resources. Pocahontas Land will have a coal tree exhibit on display and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Coal Academy will have an exhibit on display. For more information, contact Georgene Robertson, President of CEDAR of Southern West Virginia, 304/792-8433.
The CEDAR golf tournament will be Tuesday, May 24, at The Resort at Glade Springs for more information contact Bud Clapp, 304/324-2430.
L-R: Ron Lemon, SWVCTC VP Development; Cindy Crigger, SWVCTC VP Communications; Phil Montague, CEDAR BOD; Bud Clapp, CEDAR BOD; Debbie Mudd, CEDAR Coal Fair Mgr.; Georgene Robertson, CEDAR President; Becky Neal, WV Director of Internal Govermental Affairs; Steve Hopta, CEDAR Secretary-Treasurer; Gary Bennett, CEDAR BOD; Kay Goodwin, WV Dept. of Education & Arts; Bill Raney, WV Coal Assoc. President; Chris Hamilton, CEDAR BOD