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The CDS Energy Patrol Models Environmental Stewardship

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Many CDS students hold a passionate commitment to preserving our natural resources. In 2017, our eighth grade students collected signatures for a petition in favor of green energy use and traveled to Washington D.C. to present it to Rep. Nancy Pelosi; a recent graduating class raised $21,000 to install solar panels on the roof of our Middle School campus; and the Green Task Force, our student-led environmentalist club, regularly appears at assemblies to encourage families to “go green.”

Inspired by the Middle Schoolers’ example, some of our Lower School students have wondered what they can do to help the environment. One of them was fourth grader Aaron Knupp, who noticed that many people forget to turn the lights off when they leave a room. “Every time I left, no matter how late it was, I noticed a few lights on,” he said. Together with his younger brother Rory, who is in kindergarten, Aaron stood up at our most recent assembly to announce the formation of the CDS Energy Patrol, a group of Lower School students who will monitor light usage in St. Joseph’s Hall, turn off any lights and faucets which people have left on, and encourage the community to use energy responsibly.

The Energy Patrol is a great example of our students’ initiative and commitment to doing the right thing, and it’s recruiting new members as we speak. We will keep you updated on their progress!