PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee on Thursday honored Scituate High School, Park View Middle School in Cranston, and Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls at a Statehouse ceremony for implementing educational energy programs to heighten awareness and promote efficiency and conservation.
All three schools are participants of the National Energy Education Development Project. Educators and students in the NEED network organize programs to raise awareness on key energy issues and learn about ways to save money through efficiency and conservation measures.
Scituate High School’s energy education program won the title of National Senior Level School of the year, competing against 80 schools nationwide. Park View was recognized as Overall State School of the Year and Calcutt was named Rhode Island’s Junior School of the Year.
In Scituate, science teacher Shannon Donovan helped students host events promoting energy education that included a workshop focused on solar, wind, building and transportation energy and visits to the local elementary school to teach youth about local agriculture and energy. They also held a meet-and-greet with local farmers to learn about how local marketing can reduce energy usage for transportation.
“I applaud initiatives that raise the level of awareness of energy and environmental issues, and their importance to our communities,” said Chafee in a statement.
Marion Gold, commissioner of the R.I. Office of Energy Resources, added that state officials are proud of the schools’ accomplishments.
“Their energy projects not only benefit the students, but each of their communities,” she said. “We are pleased to support the program as a critically important investment in energy literacy for tomorrow’s leaders.”
About 65,000 classrooms nationwide participate in the NEED Project, a nonprofit organization with programs in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and several other nations.