MIS, TVA & FLEC - School Uplift Program
Big news! We’re excited to share that our school is participating in School Uplift, a TVA EnergyRight program in partnership with Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC). This is a huge opportunity for Madisonville Intermediate School!
This yearlong program is designed to help us make smarter energy choices, save money on energy costs, and reduce our impact on the environment. This program provides teachers with an avenue to educate students about energy conservation and improves our learning environment. Students will be learning about energy and practicing energy saving behaviors all year. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in several energy contests.
Our participation in School Uplift includes you too! Each month, we'll provide opportunities for the greater school community - parents and caregivers, elected officials, school board members and volunteers - to get involved with our energy saving activities.
Check out the short School Uplift video below that explains more about the program and why it matters to our school and community.
Be on the lookout for more information about School Uplift all school year! Thank you for your support.
MIS ENERGY THEMES & ACTIVITIES
During the first nine weeks of school, classroom teachers will begin helping students form energy and cost-saving habits. Each MIS classroom will perform daily energy saving procedures such as turning the classroom lights off when the room is unoccupied and setting the thermostat correctly at the end of the school day. Our school will have a Go Green Day each month! On this day, students may wear green to school and engage in energy lessons during Science class. Students may also participate in contests throughout the school year. See these dates below for monthly energy theme and activities during the first nine weeks of school.
August - School Uplift program
- 8/22 - Go Green Day - Wear green to school!
- Slogan & Poster Contest (Due Sept. 9th)
September - Energy Awareness
- 9/9 - Slogan & Poster DUE
- 9/22 - Go Green Day - Wear green to school!
October - National Energy Awareness Month
- 10/21 - Go Green Day - Wear green to school!
- Poetry Contest (Due Nov. 4th)
Are you energy aware?
Energy is the ability to do work. It's everywhere around us and takes all sorts of forms such as heat (thermal), light (radiant), motion (kinetic), electrical, chemical, nuclear energy, and gravitational. People use energy to cook food, to drive to school, and to jump in the air.
There are two types of energy: potential energy (stored energy) and kinetic energy (working energy). For example, the food a person eats contains chemical energy, and a person’s body stores this energy until he or she uses it as kinetic energy during work or play.
Energy can be categorized as renewable or nonrenewable. A renewable energy source can be easily replenished such as solar energy, hydropower, and wind energy. However, a nonrenewable energy source cannot. These would include coal, natural gas, and oil. Most of the energy consumed in the United States is from nonrenewable resources.
When people use electricity in their homes or school buildings, the electrical power is most likely generated by burning coal or natural gas, by a nuclear reaction, or by a hydroelectric plant on a river.
Not only is energy conservation important for the planet, conserving energy helps to save money! Making small changes in our behaviors at school and in our homes can have an impact on both.
"Energy Basics." U.S. Energy Information Association. Web. https://www.eia.gov/kids. 7/24/2022.
Take 2 for Energy - TIPS
Here are two simple ways to conserve energy. Give these a try at home.
TIP #1 - Turn Everything off When You Aren’t in the Room - When lights, TVs, computers, video games, and other devices are left on and aren’t being used they waste electricity.
TIP #2 - Keep Windows and Blinds Closed - In the warmer months it is especially important to keep windows and blinds closed during the day. When the windows stay shut, the heat is kept out and the air conditioning stays in. Additionally, blinds can block out heat from the sun and keep homes cooler on warm days.
Stout, Rachel. "10 Easy Ways for Kids to Conserve Energy at Home and School." TriState. 7/30/2020. Web. https://tristate.coop/kids-conserve-energy-for-home-school. 7/24/2022.