PILOT MOUNTAIN — Pilot Mountain Middle School students watched a show and received a $10,000 donation, courtesy of Duke Energy.
According to Jimmy Flythe, Duke’s district manager, the series of skits performed for students on Wednesday afternoon is part of an effort the power company hopes will lead to less energy use.
Actors from the National Theater for Children travel throughout the Duke Energy service area performing skits which raise awareness about using renewable sources of energy, diminishing use of electricity and conserving other natural resources, according to Flythe.
Students laughed as the performers pulled some kids out of the audience and incorporated them into the skits. They poked fun at a few teachers, and conveyed a clear message — Earth’s resources must be preserved.
The actors discussed the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, water and solar power rather than non-renewable resources such as coal. They also talked about conserving water by taking simple steps such as turning the faucet off while brushing one’s teeth.
Students were then urged to ask their parents to go to www.myenergykit.org to order one of Duke’s energy efficiency kits. The kit includes LED light bulbs, an LED night-light, an energy-efficient shower head, faucet aerators and other household items which reduce the use of energy. The kits are free.
The program tracks how many energy kits are requested as a result of each school’s participation in the program.
Last year, Pilot Mountain Middle stood atop hundreds of other schools in its participation in the program, and Duke rewarded the school for its efforts. Flythe presented a $10,000 check for last year’s accomplishment once the skits came to a close.
“We are glad to be a partner in this,” said Flythe, as he noted the program benefits all parties involved.
Flythe said using less energy conserves the planet’s resources and allows the company to operate as few power plants as is possible.
“If we can get this generation to buy into energy conservation, we can preserve those natural resources for future generations,” said Dr. Terri Lewis, Pilot Middle principal, adding that students are impressionable and, thus, are likely to urge their households to be cognizant of conserving energy.
Lewis said the money from Duke has been put to use in purchasing supplies for classrooms. The program is a great opportunity to garner funds with which the school would normally have to operate without.
“It’s really great for Duke to partner with our schools in this program,” said Lewis.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.