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Danville Express

Newsfront - March 27, 2009

Power hour makes difference

Greenbrook class goes dark to go green

by Geoff Gillette

One of the big questions about the issue of global warming is, "If it's a global problem how do you solve something so big?" For some third-graders at Greenbrook Elementary School the answer is ... one hour at a time.

During school today, the students in Holly Ravin and Cheri Eplin's class are turning off their lights and other electrical devices to save energy and reduce the school's carbon footprint. With signs put up around the school and pages on both a Web site and Facebook, they urged others to join them in "Kids Hour."

"It's a really neat thing," said Michelle Mills, whose son Grant is in the class. "They're teaching them that everyone can make a difference."

The event is to celebrate "Earth Hour," which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off the lights for an hour. This year the actual Earth Hour event is from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28. Eplin has said their Friday morning event is a kickoff to the actual Earth Hour and they urge everyone to take part in the Saturday event as well.

Earlier today the students in Ravin/Eplin's class shut down their electronic devices from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Their goal was to have 5,000 other homes or businesses shut down for that same hour.

Their Web site, www.kidshour.org, has a blog where people can commit to the Kids Hour. This allows the students to see just how many people will be joining them in the endeavor. In addition to the signs and Web sites, the kids made T-shirts advertising the event and wore them around school all week.

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