Seventh grade students recognized for energy conservation
STATEHOUSE—Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) recognized four seventh graders, their parents and their teacher, Miss Susan Baute, on the House floor today for their work on an extracurricular science project that saves the State Department of Administration $60,000 a year.
Payton Rhodes, Cassie McDonald, Maya Aufdermauer and Jacob Anderson were all classmates in Susan Baute’s fourth grade class at L. Frances Smith Elementary School three years ago. On a field trip, the students noticed the Statehouse still used incandescent light bulbs which are less eco-friendly and energy efficient as CFL bulbs.
The students had just been learning about energy conservation as part of their science lessons.
“These kids took what they were learning in school and applied it to their state government,” said Rep. Eberhart. “Their astute observation made the Statehouse more eco-efficient and cost effective.”
The industrious students devoted hours to researching and studying the impact of switching from incandescent bulbs to CFL bulbs. They often sacrificed recess and worked late after school to estimate the potential economic impact of the transition.
In January 2010, the Indiana Department of Administration (DOA) changed out 2,440 incandescent light bulbs in the Statehouse to the CFL bulbs. The DOA reports that this switch saves the State about $5,000 a month totaling $60,000 a year.
“The impact this group of students made is remarkable.” said Rep. Eberhart. “It was a privilege to recognize these kids for their hard work as their efforts will save thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.”
The four students have continued to excel academically though they have moved on to different middle schools. Peyton Rhodes attends Northside Middle School. Cassie McDonald and Maya Aufdermauer are students at Central Middle School, and Jacob Anderson is at Columbus Signature Academy.
Note to the Viewer: The attached picture is Rep. Eberhart with the students from L. Frances Smith Elementary School. From left to right: Maya Aufdermauer, Cassie McDonald, Miss Susan Baute, Rep. Eberhart, Peyton Rhodes and Jacob Anderson.