CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource of Southern West Virginia, Inc.) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit
corporation which began as a partnership between the coal industry, business community and educators. This partnership was formed through the joint efforts of the Eastern Kentucky CEDAR program, the Pocahontas Coal Association and the West Virginia Coal Association.

CEDAR's mission is to facilitate the increase of knowledge and understanding of the many benefits the coal industry provides in daily lives by providing financial resources and coal education materials to implement its study in the school curriculum.

CEDAR's target group is grades K-12 in Mingo, Logan, Boone, McDowell and Wyoming counties in southern West Virginia.

Georgene Robertson, President
James M. Mullins, Vice President
Steve Hopta, Secretary/Treasurer

Gary L. Bennett
Troy Andes
Brian Varney
John B. Earles
Chris Hamilton
Wilma Zigmond
Roger Lilly
Marty Petrunyak
Phillip G. Montague
Richard "Bud" H. Clapp
Mike Mitchem
Joanne Tomblin

Coal Fair Manager
Debbie Mudd

Coal Study Unit Manager
Helen Curry


Teacher Coal Study Unit Program
Grant money and educational materials are made available to teachers for the creation and implementation of a study unit based on coal. To give incentive for participation, and recognition for performance, CEDAR awards cash prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each grade level of K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Helen Curry with questions at 304/475-0194, or email hcurry@access.k12.wv.us

Regional Coal Fair
Students are invited to enter coal projects in one of the following categories: Science, Math, English-Literature, Art, Music, Technology-Multi Media or Social Studies to be judged in grade levels K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. These projects are displayed and judged at their school's local fair, with selected projects being invited to participate in the regional fair, where 63 cash prizes are awarded to category winners, and nine additional cash prizes being awarded to the overall grade level winners. Call Debbie Mudd with questions at 304/369-7503 (day), 304.664.9076 (evening) or email at dmudd@archcoal.com.

Coal Fair Coordinator's Program
This program rewards Coal Fair Coordinators for excellence in performing their duties. The coordinator, who is appointed by the principal, is asked to organize and implement a coal fair at their school, giving all students the opportunity to participate. CEDAR provides the entry guidelines and judging criteria with the coordinator being responsible for all aspects of their school fair. After the school winners are determined, it is the coordinator's responsibility to manage all aspect of their school's participation in the regional coal fair. Each coordinator is rated Ona scoring system with cash prizes awarded to the top three.

CEDAR Scholarships
CEDAR in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) and the West Virginia Development Office offer ten (10) $1,000 scholarship to students from the participating counties to be used at a SWVCTC campus.


CEDAR of Southern West Virginia, Inc.
PO Box 477
Holden, WV 25625


Coal Study Unit Information

Coal Fair Information