Center School’s 3rd – 5th Graders Learn About Going Green

On Friday, December 13, volunteers from the Stow Solar Challenge and Roy Van Cleef of New England Clean Energy teamed up to give Stow Center School’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders a fast-paced, informative, and entertaining introduction to the key concepts of going green, and how to live sustainably on the Earth.


Center School Principal Kevin LaCoste and Roy Van Cleef of New England Clean Energy

The children and their teachers filed in and sat cross-legged on the shiny, wood floor of the cafetorium in the new wing of the school. Principal Kevin LaCoste welcomed them with some general announcements. The warm rapport that he shares with his students was evident as he explained the purpose of the presentation.


He mentioned that the brand new Center School has already received an award as a top-performing Green School from the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools.

When Roy Van Cleef accepted the microphone from Principal LaCoste, he grabbed the kids’ attention by asking “So, you’ve heard it’s good to be green, right?” As some hands went up, up popped a slide of the whole Shrek family, green as cabbages. “But… maybe not like them, eh?” Laughs rippled through the young audience, and Roy pressed on. Read more…

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