Pre-K through eighth-grade students at All Saints Catholic School in Davenport are going green.
Around the school are signs that state: “Be bright, turn off the light!” or “Be hip, don’t let it drip!” to remind staff and students to save energy. And that’s just the start. Kicking off the New Year with a go green attitude, All Saints students are working on their energy coservation awareness efforts.
With the guidance of K-8 Arts Instructor Elise Ward, first through fifth-grade students participated in the local stage of the Iowa Energy Contest. The contest combined their energy conservation learning with art. It is hosted by the University of Northern Iowa and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.
Students expressed and illustrated what they have learned about saving energy through their posters and informed others about how they can use alternative energy resources to extend the longevity of our earth. In addition to the poster contest, All Saints staff and students are taking a pledge to save energy by individualizing a light bulb to put on display. All Saints has accumulated more than 432 pledges to hit the lights and save water. With free materials and reminders supplied by Mid-American Energy, University of Wisconsin We Conserve, and University of Northern Iowa, any student can tell of several simple ways to save energy, which equals saving money.
In addition, eighth-grade students are charting the energy costs over the spring months and the whole school is participating to reduce energy use and costs.
University of Northern Iowa and CEE hosted the poster contest. Winning posters have been sent to UNI for state-wide judging.