Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
In February, Kimball Community Education and Building Leadership Together received a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board for the Eco Education Mission - To Reduce the Carbon Footprint of the School and Community. The BLT students realize that this mission is large and they have been actively recruiting other students, community members and organizations in their quest. Mrs. Bonnefield's Desktop Publishing Class helped with making letter head for BLT and posters, brochures, and T-shirt logos for the Summer of Service-Eco Squad as a class project. In May, two events were held to kick off the mission, "Our Power" at Kimball High School and "Go Green" Field Day at Kimball Elementary School.
Join the Eco Squad
Join the Eco-Squad and help save the planet by reducing the carbon footprint of your school and community. Each Eco-Squad Agent will assess our school and community, and determine the environmental impact. Several service projects will be implemented that will encourage the community to GO GREEN. In addition to these life-alerting projects, Eco-Squad Agents will participate in fun team-building activities, leadership opportunities, and awesome social events. Also, the Eco-Squad will embark on field trips, camp in the wilderness and be living examples, becoming agents for change. The Eco Squad Camp is for grade 4-12 and is Mondays - Thursdays, July 13-30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Kimball Area High School. Call Community Education to register.
"Our Power" generates fun at "Annual-Signing Day"
The last Friday of the school year is traditionally "Annual-Signing Day," in which students can reflect on the year and record their memories in their year books. This year, Kimball's "Annual-Signing Day" hosted local radio station 104.7 KCLD and the entire 4-hour show was powered by batteries charged up by students pedaling a bicycle. Eighteen students in Mr. Abernathy's Physics class volunteered to take on a project called "Our Power". Their challenge was to create energy using bicycles that would be used to power 4 hours of DJ music for a school event. The students consulted with a few outside sources, WCCO News and Cameron Porter, electrical engineer from NRI Electronics to help them with initial designs. The students took on all aspects of the project, including research of energy consumption and the use of alternative fuels, collecting supplies, either through donations or by purchase, designing and construction of the bike generators, and creating a step by step manual for future use. KCLD 104.7 FM was called and they were very excited to be a partner for this innovative event. They provided great music, fun games and gave out tons of prizes. Kyle Messer and Tyler Gregory were spokespersons and gave a summary on the radio about "Our Power." The goal of this project was not only to create a generator that was student powered, but also to raise awareness about our country's energy consumption and to explore the use of alternative fuels such as wind, solar, and geo-thermal. The physics class would not have been able to do this project without the help from the following: WCCO, Cameron Porter, Leighton Broadcasting and KCLD, Parts City, Reds Auto Electric, and Tim Diffley. A special thank you to Mr. Abernathy and his students, Sarah Powell, Julie Lochen, Casandra Loch, Paige Peglow, Andy Dingmann, Tyler Gregory, Stephan Kurkowsky, Burke Tagney, Kyle Messer, Becky Vossen, KTLynn Smallwood, Kendra Albers, Bridget Gohmann, Kate Hoff, Ryan Stein, Tommy Linn, Ashley Morris, and Tom Winkleman for their work, ingenuity, and enthusiasm on this project.
GO Green Field Day
Each year the Kindergarten through third grade look forward to an annual field day that is full of fun and wild activities. This year, the Building Leadership Together Club (BLT) sponsored the event and called it Go Green Field Day, Friday, May 15. Most of the activities focused on helping our environment through recycling, using less energy through CFL light bulbs, growing plants organically, and making better product choices. Games such as ToxicWaste Challenge, Turn Off the Light Tag, Recycle Relay, and Sort the Trash Tag were played. Face painting, a planting station, coloring pages, and a craft station called "Go Green Groupies," allowed children to get valuable information about being more green in fun ways. Large jumping pillows and an obstacle course were also featured and sponsored by the Chippe Shoppe. Each child received a Walmart recycled shopping bag filled with fun items that the children could share with their parents. This project was made possible by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant given to Kimball Community Education and BLT for their Eco Education Mission - Reducing the Carbon Footprint of our School and Community. A special thank you to Walmart, Stearns Electric Company, and the Chippe Shoppe for making this event fun and educational.
Watch for more environmental projects that build awareness, educate, and create change in the community. This project was made possible through a grant for the Kimball Community Education received from State Farm Youth Advisory Board. If you have questions or would like to be a part of the Eco Squad and the Eco Education Mission, please contact Kris O'Brien at (320) 398-7700 ext. 112.