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Light Bulb Goes On for Easton Kids

Andrew Bindelglass, as a seventh-grader four years ago, initiated the group Gang Green at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton.

Gang Green, now a group of five students, promotes environmental awareness with a question of the week, oversees classroom recycling and will distribute tree saplings to be planted within the next month.

Over the past four years, adviser Nancy Culliton has focused her curriculum on energy and awareness of the environment. Though many of the students have compact fluorescent light bulbs in their homes, many of them don't know why, said Culliton.

Culliton's seventh-graders learned Thursday how electricity travels through different pathways to eventually light up a room.

Kirsten Brooks from United Illuminating and a representative for the Connecticut Efficiency Fund visited each class to help kids understand why they should conserve energy. Brooks showed the students the journey electricity makes from the power plant all the way to a home's meter before it arrives at a light bulb, television or refrigerator.

Many students' eyes widened when they learned the compact fluorescent lights come in all colors of the rainbow.

Students named alternate sources of energy such as solar power, hydropower and wind power. They learned that fossil fuels are not a renewable source and that's why everyone should conserve energy and try to use the sun, water and wind for power.

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