Elida lands $10,000 energy grant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer

Elida Municipal Schools received a $10,000 grant to fund educational programs and studies of renewable energy sources.

Elida was one of 45 schools in New Mexico to receive the grant.

Energy provider BP America awarded cash grant of $5,000 or $10,000 to 370 schools in eight states to implement its program through the A-Plus For Energy Program grant.

Elida’s grant proposal was submitted by elementary teacher, Waverly Criswell.

To qualify for the grant, teachers submitted a unique project that incorporates renewable energy, Criswell said.

Elida’s proposal was for a garden watered by pump powered by both a wind turbine and solar panels, Criswell said.

BP has sponsored the program to empower teachers with resources and tools to educate students about energy and energy conservation, according to the release.

The high school students will order, assemble and maintenance the wind turbine and solar panels. The elementary students will design the layout of the park and choose native plants that are water efficient, Criswell said.

“We are proud of Waverly for pursuing and obtaining this grant for Elida Schools,” Elida Principal Jim Daughtery said.

A portion of the grant money will be used to fund education on renewable and alternative energy in both the Elementary and High school, Criswell said.

“Students in grades K-12 will have education focusing on energy consumption, alternative energy and recycling,” Criswell said.

The high school students will also give presentations to the community and discuss the potentials of renewable energy applications in their daily lives, Criswell said.