Kids' Corner Puts Fun in Conservation

    Web tools engage Ontario children in Energy Conservation Week

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Students and teachers of St. Pius X Catholic
School in Toronto helped launch the Kids' Corner section of the Energy
Conservation Week website today with a celebratory event at the school. Kids'
Corner seeks to educate young people about electricity and how to conserve
energy at home and school.
    St. Pius X students were introduced to the many games and interactive
activities available on the website ( and
participated in a discussion about energy conservation.
    Principal Gabrielle Benedek registered St. Pius X's commitment to
conserve using the online Count Me In! pledge tool. The school has committed
to conserve energy during Energy Conservation Week and throughout the summer
months leading up to the Count Me In! Challenge Day on August 14th.
    "It's been extremely heartening to see our students' enthusiasm for
energy conservation and their dedication to their community and the
environment," said Gabrielle Benedek. "In many ways children can serve as role
models for adults because they really do understand the importance of
conservation and they are very good at putting it into practice."
    ACE, the mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays, was also on hand to help launch
Kids' Corner. ACE led the students in the "Watt Watt Tusi" a simple, but fun
dance to promote energy conservation.
    Several other Energy Conservation Week events also took place at schools
across the province, including the announcement of the new "Ambassadors for
Conservation of Energy" program announced by the District School Board of
Niagara. With the help of a $184,000 grant from the Ontario Power Authority,
the program starts in September and will see students immerse themselves in
science and technology courses that focus on energy production, conservation
and renewable sources of energy.
    Each student will be required to complete a co-operative education
placement with an energy-related business. With the help of an advisory
council that includes representatives from Ontario Power Generation, Niagara
Peninsula Energy, Niagara Wind Power, GreenSaver, Ranking Renewable Energy and
other local energy-sector stakeholders, the students will learn how to conduct
energy audits.
    "Education is key to creating a culture of conservation in Ontario and
I'm very pleased to see that schools are getting on board," said Colin
Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority. "Whether we are talking to small
children, high school students or post-secondary students it is key that we
seize the opportunity to connect with our youth at an early stage of their
lives so that they can learn and carry conservation-minded behaviours
throughout their lives."

    Sheridan Park Ecohawks - St. Catharines

    The Sheridan Park Public School Ecohawks in St. Catharines, Ontario were
awarded a certificate of achievement by Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation
Officer, Peter Love, for their innovative use of smart sub-metering to develop
an in-school direct feedback display showing the school's energy usage that
functioned as a hands-on energy conservation learning tool. The tool allowed
the school to improve energy conservation efforts. The Ecohawks were Area 4
winners in the District School Board of Niagara's Earth Hour Challenge and
co-winners of the Director's Eco Audit Challenge for Earth Day. The school's
"Ecohawk" team later took Peter Love to the school board's offices, where they
audited energy use in the building.

    In-School Energy Conservation and Electrical Safety - Aylmer, Ontario

    Throughout the entire month of May, Erie Thames Powerlines is promoting
energy conservation and electrical safety throughout schools in its
distribution territory. The presentations provide students with information on
what a kilowatt hour is, what different appliances and devices use, how to
save energy, smart meters and time-of-use rates, as well as electrical safety
at home and in the community.

    Conservation in the Classroom - Coburg, Ontario

    Lakefront Utilities Inc. visited local grade four classrooms to promote
energy conservation and provide conservation workbooks for students and

    Energy Conservation Week is Sunday, May 17th to Saturday, May 23rd. The
entire spring-summer initiative extends to "Count Me In! Challenge Day" on
August 14th. On that date, communities, businesses, organizations of all types
and every Ontarian will be challenged to see who can save the most energy.
    Energy Conservation Week 2009 is a provincewide initiative co-ordinated,
in partnership, by the Ontario Power Authority, The Ontario Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, the Independent Electricity System Operator, the
Electricity Distributors Association, Hydro One, the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

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