Department of Energy has announced the selection of Perry
Public Schools to participate in their Energy Smart
Schools program. Perry was selected for this program
because we have been actively working through our City
of Perry, Energy Office with DOE as a designated Community
of the Future. This program includes a $200,000 grant
designated for teacher training, teaching materials, and
school energy audits. It is anticipated that through this
program Perry schools will also see substantial savings
on their energy bills.
Smart Schools is a sector of Rebuild America, a
U.S. Department of Energy program. This forward thinking
campaign addresses K-12 school staff and students with
the goal of motivating them to use energy wisely. Better
building design, improved energy technologies, renewable
energy use, improvements to operations and maintenance,
and transportation efficiency are all primary areas of
focus for the Energy Smart Program.
energy awareness education and providing classroom support
materials to teachers creates a higher awareness of wise
energy use choices. Schools that are Energy Smart save
money, but there are also several other benefits that
may be achieved. More appropriate and efficient lighting,
temperature control, indoor air quality, and controlled
noise levels all contribute to better learning environments.
Through classroom instruction, the schools create a generation
of students who understand the impacts of energy use to
our national welfare and global environment.
program is funded and administered through the joint cooperation
of the U.S. Department of Energy, Rebuild America-Energy
Smart Schools; National Energy Foundation; OK Energy Office,
Department of Commerce; and the City of Perry, Energy
Office. A Perry teacher training was held December 13,
2002 in the Horizon Room of Exchange Bank & Trust.
Cynthia Hunt of the National Energy Foundation led the
workshop. Teachers attending were: Bob Edgar, Marilyn
Ewy, Amy Bales, Phil Musshafen, Joneice LeValley, Jeff
Sullins, Paula Gottschalk, Debbie Anderson, Pam Groom,
Carolyn Luthye, Sherri Wilson, and Virginia Slaton. Participating
from the City of Perry, Energy Office were Vicki Spaulding
and Dixie Johnson.
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