Seventeen-hundred students, four schools, three days.
That’s what 15 San Diego State University students tackled this week during their spring break service trip to teach South Shore students about energy and the environment.
Aaron Hussmann, SDSU campus organizer for California Public Interest Research Group — CALPIRG — Energy Service Corps, grew up in South Lake Tahoe. When he heard about the alternative energy corps service trips, he immediately thought of his old stomping grounds.
“I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds like the perfect opportunity to bring these services back home. When I was growing up here, I don’t think I appreciated the environment as much,” Hussmann said, a South Tahoe High School alumnus. “I wanted to come back, spread the word and help people save money.”
The SDSU students taught interactive lessons that demonstrated the importance of renewable resources and ways to cut down on energy consumption. The group also installed weather stripping and replaced inefficient lightbulbs for a handful of local homes and businesses.
Ashley Henry, a student AmeriCorps member with CALPIRG Energy Service Corps, instructed 65 Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School students about the importance of saving energy Monday. She showed images of four different energy sources — coal, wind, solar and oil — and questioned the children about each one.
“Oil is bad. It makes fire. That’s why we have to have a fireman. It’s not good for the environment,” one of the kindergartners said.
The campus-based student organization CALPIRG Energy Service Corps is a partnership between CALPIRG and AmeriCorps, according to a press release.
The program is a good fit for Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Science Outreach Coordinator Beth Quandt said. Fifth-graders at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet school will survey the campus next month to find ways to make it more energy-efficient.
“This is a perfect tie-in to get them started,” Quandt said. “We’ve been teaching environmental science education here for years and what we’ve found is that when you present to kids, they take it home to their parents. So it spreads.”
In other news
STMS holds open house
South Tahoe Middle School will hold an open house Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
Students are welcome to attend the informal event with their parents.
Math and science career day
Girls in or between sixth and 10th grade are invited to a math and science career day at the Lake Tahoe Community College Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants must preregister on or before April 17.
The conference goal is to encourage middle and high school students to start or continue taking math and science classes.
For more information, contact Bev Palley at 530-544-2724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community college’s CONNECT program launches April workshops
Lake Tahoe Community College’s CONNECT Community Education program is offering a variety of spring workshops.
Classes vary from a spring break sports camp to line dancing.
For more information, http://tinyurl.com/av66yef.
LTCC hosts career fair in May
The Lake Tahoe Community College’s career fair will take place Tuesday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.