West Point elementary children form energy committee
West Point Junior Energy Awareness Engineers and West Point Elementary School students (from left-front row) Joseph Minus, Isaac Dabkowski, Ashley Grande and Koy Randall-missing is Matthew Moss-third and fourth graders who teamed up to form an energy awareness committee at the school, received hard hats and certificates in recognition and appreciation for their efforts from the Directorate of Public Works. A recognition ceremony at the school was held June 5. Director of Public Works Matt Talaber; Facilities Engineer Geri Wildenberg; Environmental Protection Assistant Steve Polacek; Jessica Fischer and Mary Sardo, Oakridge Institute of Science Education interns; and Martha Hinote, customer service assistant at DPW all participated in congratulating the children. Talaber told the committee their light switch cover design will be used in buildings throughout West Point and their poster design will be part of DPW's Earth Day celebration materials that will be distributed in 2010.

Five enterprising young men and women in the third and fourth grades formed an energy committee to spread energy awareness and conservation around West Point Elementary School and the community.

Shawne Cryderman, WPES principal, received a call from the Directorate of Public Works asking that the children work with DPW on West Point's energy awareness program.

"I immediately called third-grader Isaac Dabkowski to help with this," Cryderman said. "He asked if he could bring other children in with him. I gave them six weeks to think about a project, and they came back in three weeks with ideas."

The children decided to create a poster, but they wanted to do something more.

"Dabkowski came up with a (green) light switch cover," she said. "I made a template by taking a light switchplate off and drawing around it to make it easier for the children to work on."

The youngsters so impressed DPW Director Matt Talaber, Facilities Engineer Geri Wildenberg and Cryderman that the five-Isaac Dabkowski, Ashley Grande, Matthew Moss (who was unable to attend), Joseph Minus and Koy Randall-were recognized with certificates declaring each child West Point Junior Energy Awareness Engineers at a small ceremony at the school June 5.

Martha Hinote, DPW customer service representative, said she will be using the poster design for Earth Day celebrations next year. The green light switch covers will be used in buildings around post.

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