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Hello! My Name is Robin Tutchton, I’m a student at Cherry Creek High School and a participant of the club – EcoAction. This week, I was one of the presenters that talked about to students at West Middle School about raising money for an important cause!
This summer, with West Middle School’s help, EcoAction is installing solar panels on the home of Mr. Conquering Bear, a disabled veteran who lives on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This individual lives in a very impoverished community and often has trouble making ends meet because his electricity bill is so expensive.
In Greenwood Village all of Wests’ students typicaly have access to electricity. Yet just 5 hours away, 40% of residents of Pine Ridge live without it. We discussed with students how not being able to turn lights on at night would affect our ability to do homework, not being able to charge our phones would inhibit our communication, and not being able to keep food in the refrigerator would cause us to have trouble preserving our food. Electricity is a fundamental human right.
A team of EcoAction members is traveling to Mr.Conquering Bear’s house in June and installing solar panels on his roof. Solar energy, once implemented, is not only an environmentally sustainable alternative to coal or natural gas, it is cheap and reliable. Solar panels will lower Mr.Conquering Bear’s electricity bill and will ensure he has consistent access to electricity.
Now, as us “Eco-Actionites” have grown up we have realized something that all our parents have been telling us – things in this world cost money.
Every year the students of 7th grade organize a fundraising walk. We are so happy to sponsor the fundraising walk, this year for solar for Mr. Conquering Bear.
All money we raise will go directly to purchasing the solar panels for Mr Conquering Bear.
Every contribution helps.
Students of West can donate either through a check to made out to Ecological Action at CCHS, by giving cash to a SSR Teacher, or online by clicking HERE
Thank you so much!
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Many of us presenting were former West Middle School students and it was a blast to catch up with our old teachers and walk throughout the building remembering our middle school years. The kids were engaging and very knowledgeable about green living and the use of solar energy and were full of wonderful questions about solar panels, Pine Ridge, and Eco Action. All of us had so much fun talking to the students of 7th grade!