MODESTO – Gregori High School in Modesto and the Walnut Elementary Education Center in Turlock were each awarded PG&E Bright Ideas grants on Thursday (March 28) to help further energy-related learning.
The grant presentations were celebrated separately at the two schools, but with equally-enthusiastic participants.
Gregori High School was selected for a $2,500 Bright Ideas grant based on its proposal for “Project Reduce,” aimed at reducing energy consumption on campus by having students serve as energy efficiency advocates with adults and peers. Students will be trained to calculate energy usage and provide presentations on energy-saving tips in their classrooms. PG&E representatives joined students and Principal Jeff Albritton in the morning for a check presentation and celebration on campus.
Later Thursday afternoon, about 15 miles away in Turlock, students at Walnut Elementary Education Center celebrated a $2,500 Bright Ideas grant. The grant will support the school’s “It’s Time to Get Moving with Solar Power” program designed to create student, teacher and community awareness about energy conservation and alternative energy sources. The program’s goal is to foster a more informed community through student-led projects. School Principal Mark Holmes joined students and PG&E representatives at the celebration.
In addition to cookies, students at both events were given draw-string backpacks.
PG&E’s Bright Ideas program was designed to support the understanding of the energy industry in public schools throughout Northern and Central California. Since the program began in 2005, it has contributed more than $1.8 million to 301 schools throughout PG&E’s service territory. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.