Applications Being Accepted for the National Minerals Education Awards

October 25, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is now accepting applications from teachers and schools across the country for its eighth annual national Minerals Education Awards.  

The Mining Awareness Educator Award is given to a school or individual teacher who has achieved excellence in education outreach about mining, promoted environmental stewardship or created educational materials using minerals and associated environmental protection. The award includes a framed certificate and a $500 gift certificate to be used for classroom materials.

The commission, of which West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is a member, also gives a Public Outreach Award to an industry, environmental, citizen or other group, a state government body or an individual for similar actions.

Winners will be recognized at the commission’s annual meeting in May in Wyoming. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2008. Rules and an application can be found at

For more information, contact Beth Botsis at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission at (703) 709-8654 or by e-mail at


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