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Pa ]rf . I Thursday, June 4, 2009 _._ v Tri-CountvNews Kimball, MN ,~_ ', = ~ ......... ~~! ~ In February, Kimball Commu- zations in their quest. Mrs. Bonn- nity Education and Building Lead- efield's Desktop Publishing Glass ership Together received a grant helped with making letter head for fromtheStateFarmYouthAdvisoryBLT and posters, brochures, and Board for the Eco Education Mis- T-shirt logos for the Summer of sion - To Reduce the Carbon Foot- Service-Eco Squad as a class proj- print of the School and Community. ect. In May, two events were held to The BLT students realize that this kick off the mission, "Our Power" mission is large and they have been at Kimball High School and "Go actively recruiting other students, Green" Field Day at Kimball Ele- community members and organi-mentary School. Kimball Eco-Education Mission is under way plies, either through donations or Tag were played. Face painting, a. by purchase, designing and con- planting station, coloring pages, 280# Barre Minimum Plachalm of 4 Barrels June I to July 15, 2009 CRYSTALYXe Products includel Sweet 14%" BGF-30" C, ow" Bt er- " Trar tlon Stress" oRepla ment Heifer." Formula 209 2nd St. N Watkins 800-779-8910 Join the Eco Squad struction of the bike generators, andacraftstationcalled"GoGreen Join the Eco-Squad and help and creating a step by step manual Groupies," allowed children to get save the planet by reducing the for future use. KCLD 104.7 FM was valuable information about being carbon footprint of your school called and they were very excited more green in fun ways. Large and community. Each Eco-Squad to be a partner for this innovative jumping pillows and an obsta- Agent wiH assess our school and event. They provided great music, cle course were also featured and community, and determine the fun games and gave out tons of sponsored by the Chippe Shoppe. environmental impact. Several prizes. Kyle Messer and Tyler Greg- Each child received a Walmart service projects will be imple- orywerespokespersonsandgavea recycled shopping bagfilledwith merited that will encourage the summary on the radio about "Our fun items that the children could community to GO GREEN. In addi- Power." The goal of this project share with their parents. This proj- tion to these life-alerting projects, was not only to create a generator ect was made possible by the State Eco-Squad Agents will partici- that was student powered, but also "Farm Youth Advisory Board grant pate in fun team-building activ- to raise awareness about our court- given to Kimball Community Edu- ities, leadership opportunities, try's energy consumption and to cation and BLT for their Eco Edu- and awesome social events. Also, explore the use of alternative fuels cation Mission - Reducing the Car- the Eco-Squad will .embark on such as wind, solar, and geo-ther- bon Footprint of our School and field trips, camp in the wilderness mal. The physics class would not Community. A special thank you and be living examples, becoming have been able to do this proj- to Walmart, Stearns Electric Corn- agents for change. The Eco Squad ect without the help from the fol- pany, and the Chippe Shoppe for Camp is for grade 4-12 and is Mon- lowing: WCCO, Cameron Porter,making this event fun and educa- days - Thursdays, July 13-30, 9 Leighton Broadcasting and KCLD, tional. a.m. - 3 p.m. at Kimball Area High Parts City, Reds Auto Electric, and School. Call Community Educa- Tim Diffley. A special thankyou to tioffto register. Mr. Abernathy and his students, Our Power" generates fun at Sarah Powell, Julie Lochen, Casa- ~AnnuaI-Signing Day" ndra Loch, Paige Peglow, Andy The last Friday of the school Dingmann, Tyler Gregory, Stephan year istraditionally':Annual-Sign- Kurkowsky, Burke Tagney, Kyle ing Day," in which students can reflect on the year and record their memories in their year books. This year, Kimball's "Annual-Signing Day" hosted local radio station 104.7 KCLD and the entire 4-hour show was powered by batteries charged up by students pedaling a bicycle. Eighteen students in Mr. Abernathy's Physics class volun- teered to take on a project called "Our Power". Their challenge was to create energy using bicy- cles that would be used to power 4 hours of DJ music for a school event. The students consulted with a few outside sources, WCCO News and Cameron Porter, electri- cal engineer from NRI Electronics to help them with initial designs. The students took on all aspects 0f the project, including research of energy consumption and the use of alternative fuels, collecting sup- Messer, Becky Vossen, KTLynn Smallwood, KendraAlbers, Bridget Gohmann, Kate Hoff, Ryan Stein, Tommy Linn, Ashley Morris, and Tom Winkleman for their work, ingenuity, and enthusiasm on this project. - GO Green Field Day Each year the Kindergarten through third grade look forward to an annual field day that is full of fun and wild activities. This year, the Building Leadership Together Club (BLT) sponsored the event and called it Go Green Field Day, Friday, May 15. Most of the activ- ities focused on helping ou~envi- ronment through recycling, using less energy through CFIx light bulbs, growing plants~ organi- cally, and making better product choices. Games such as ToxicWaste Challenge, Turn Off the Light Tag, Recycle Relay, and Sort the Trash Watch for more environmen- tal projects that build awareness, educate, and create change in the community. This project was made possible through a grant for the Kimball Community Edu- cation received from State Farm Youth Advisory Board. If you have questions or would like to be a part of the Eco Squad and the Eco Edu- cation Mission, please contact Kris O'Brien at (320) 398-7700 ext. 112. A "Go Green groupie" ~Our Power" generated power for radio van Students learn about "toxic waste."