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As a part of its commitment
to efficient operations, Indianapolis Public Schools has been enacting a number of green
initiatives. Now with the help of the Indianapolis Colts and Citizens Energy
Group, students at Louis B. Russell School 48 learned how they could be a part
of going green!

On August 28, students at
the school were visited by Colts mascot Blue and Colts Cheerleader Julie (and
via video screen by Colts punter Pat McAfee) and treated to the “Blue is the New Green” program. Sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, the
fun program taught students strategies for how they could help save energy and
resources with simple actions like:

·      
unplugging cords and appliances when not in use

·      
cleaning out dryer vents

·       replacing light
bulbs with energy efficient bulbs

·      
turning off water when brushing teeth

With relay races and hands-on practice
with the energy saving tips, students were actively engaged and having fun
while learning these important conservation lessons.

One student, Jerrick, was so thankful
for the event that he said, “I wish we could start today all over just so
I can see Blue again!”

Another student, Aniya L. said,
“It was awesome!”

Title One teacher and building Math
Coach Amanda P. Smeltzer believes a fun and informative program like this has a
real impact “for students to recognize that they can make a difference, no
matter how small. Hopefully, students will connect conserving energy to
themselves as an important part of their life and future.”

Smeltzer stressed, “I want them to
become excited about the community they live in and how they can make it
better. I think it is important to have people (and characters) from outside of
our school community share with them ideas and causes they can support and take
part in.”

We agree and are happy that great
partnerships with the Colts and Citizens Energy Group can teach students the
very same philosophies and strategies of efficiency and conservation we’re
committed to as a district! ​