Reaching Out to Schools

October 21, 2011 | By | Reply More

I have been tasked by the city of Aliso Viejo to reach out to the community and try to get students involved in the Green Initiative and all of its energy saving concepts. I’ve been in touch with all eight schools in Aliso Viejo -they have all been extremely interested since this initiative is going on right in their own neighborhood. But it is a monumental task to actually put something together for a school since everyone is so busy at the schools, especially with the state budget cuts. I will say that even though it took many phone calls and they are so busy, many are actually moving forward with this. Yesterday I finally had a meeting with all the teachers at Canyon Vista Elementary School. Accompanying me was Albert Armijo, director of planning for the city of Aliso Viejo. It was a little scary to have this meeting with all thirty teachers in front of us, but I think it went well. They seemed interested even though we probably could have been more polished in our presentation. Mr. Mahoney, principal at Canyon Vista, was super nice to us, and in the end, he said he and the teachers would discuss the information we provided and get back to us.

Based upon my experience with this school, I would encourage anyone else with similar ideas to reach out as well. It is extremely possible if you are persistent. But be prepared for some schools to say no. Please let me know if any of you have had any experience with something like this. 

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I am in my second year of a five year combination BS physics/math and MS systems engineering program offered jointly through Haverford College and UPenn. Helping my community is a lot of fun and means a great deal to me. Through the IEA and other efforts, I've come to learn how much power many can have when there is a clear positive vision, motivation and momentum. "There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." — Mark Twain

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