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Student projects displayed at Coal FairStudent projects displayed at Coal Fair
By: Debbie Rolen - debbie.rolen@pikevillehospital.org, Staff Writer
Published: 05/18/2012

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Mingo Central student Hillary Harmon’s work was just one of hundreds displayed at the fair.

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PROJECT: Mingo Central student Ashton Ferguson stands in front of her project That was displayed at the CEDAR Coal Fair.

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GILBERT, W.Va.—The Larry Joe Harless Center was the site for the 11th annual CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) Coal Fair.

The event is a collaboration between the coal industry, local businesses and schools from five southern West Virginia counties.

Students complete coal projects in seven categories: science, math, English/literature, art, music, technology/multimedia, and social studies.

This year 402 projects were displayed and judged at each school’s Coal Fair in categories: K-4th, 5th-8th and 9th-12th.

There were 278 projects from 13 schools selected for submission to the Regional Coal Fair. Cash prizes are awarded to category and grade level overall winners. The best project at the fair wins the Student Project-of-the-Year Award.

Over the past eighteen years there have been over 7,000 projects entered in regional coal fairs, with about 1,300 receiving nearly $200,000 in cash prizes.

CEDAR President Georgene Robertson, who has been involved in CEDAR since its inception, said some of the projects are amazing.

“You can tell by looking at these projects and the level of detail, some of the children have worked on their projects for months. The students are excited to explain their projects to the judges. They are animated in their descriptions, and confident in their presentation.”

CEDAR Coal Fair Manager, Debbie Mudd says the fairs are worth the effort.

“Schools have brought students to see the displays all week long. Parents, people from the business community and the coal industry come through to see what the students have submitted. Most students have family that work in the coal industry and that is their focus. In a lot of cases, students submit award-winning projects year after year.”

For more information and to see the judging results for the coal fair, visit cedarinc.org.

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