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 Kids Lead the Charge in Reducing Energy Waste

​Energy-saving assemblies held at San Diego elementary schools in October were a resounding success. Energy Upgrade California and San Diego County Office of Education's Outdoor Education​​​ staff visited six elementary schools in San Diego to help kids learn about energy. They presented a one hour program that was packed with interactive fun and learning. New Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons were brought to life and provided close to 1000 4th and 5th graders w​ith an opportunity to learn about how energy works and what they can do to save energy. The California Bear—of state flag fame—paid them a visit which added to the fun. All of the kids played an energy saving bingo game and were given prizes. Moderators from the San Diego County Office of Education created an interactive program that resembled a game show and newscast format complete with commercials featuring the California Bear. Teachers raved about the program and the kids had so much fun, they didn’t realize they were learning.  

One grand prize winner from each grade was chosen through a random drawing. The winners, Karina Thompson a 4th grader at Rio Seco School in Santee and Ali Alwaily, a 5th grade student at Naranca Elementary School in El Cajon will each be awarded an iPad and other prizes while appearing on NBC 7 on Tuesday November 10th! They are both very excited about being on TV and winning such great prizes. They will also be attending a San Diego State University Aztec football game with their family on November 14th, thanks to the generosity of Learfield Sports. The two grand prize winners will be recognized on the field at the game and given 4 tickets each to enjoy the game with their family along with other SDSU surprises.

Mitch Moore, the Energy Upgrade California manager of marketing and outreach will present the iPads to the grand prize the winners on NBC 7 San Diego. “I am very excited to work with the San Diego County Office of Education on this important initiative to help kids learn about saving energy and to carry that message back to their families. We are thrilled to be able to award these prizes on TV and encourage the kids to lead the charge to save energy,” said Moore.​

In addition these exciting prizes for the kids, San Diego NBC 7 and Energy Upgrade are partnering to give San Diego County residents a chance to win an Energy Star Appliance valued at up to $2,000, and 100 First Prize winners will receive home energy kits ($25 value). Follow NBC 7 on Facebook for details and to enter for your chance to win. Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources. Kids can lead the charge in helping their families learn about ways to reduce energy waste. Have fun learning to save energy together as a family by visiting