Students, faculty and staff of Athens Montessori School gathered with local dignitaries, including Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and National Bank of Georgia President Bill Hopper to Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2013. The school also took the opportunity to dedicate their new solar panels, which were installed last all.
The three large solar panels, which were manufactured by Soniva in Norcross, Georgia, and installed by Joseph Kullman of Solar Sun World in Madison, Georgia, provide the school with nearly 80% of its electricity. The panels have been in operation since December. Since then, the school has saved almost $3,000 in energy costs and prevented 24,174 lbs. of CO2 emissions.
Warren McPherson, Director of Athens Montessori School, made these remarks “Since Georgia is fortunate to experience an average of 5 ½ hours of sunlight daily it is an ideal choice for energy savings and protection of the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.” He went on to say, “It is imperative that we pledge ourselves to join the solar revolution to save money, preserve the environment and inspire our children to envision a brighter, cleaner and more secure future. Let’s make Georgia a national leader in solar energy. ”Mayor Denson encouraged all those in attendance to take care of the earth, and noted the importance of conservation of all kinds. The ceremony concluded with songs by the Athens Montessori School students and a ceremonial breaking of recycled paper chains created by the students which carried messages about how they would like to see us care for the earth.
ABOUT ATHENS MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Athens Montessori School strives to impart a lifelong love of learning to its students, while teaching skills essential to continued refinement of the learning process. We are celebrating 35 years of providing children in the greater Athens area with a quality Montessori education. What began in1978 as one class of twenty students and grew into ten classes of 280 students, ages three to fourteen years. These ten classes are currently housed in seven landscaped buildings networked with three playscapes and a variety of gardens, a bog and a small, aquatic pond. For more information please click here.