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Manteca Unified, PG&E team up to teach students about stewardship

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POSTED September 24, 2009 1:42 a.m.
Manteca Unified’s sixth-grade students will soon learn about air quality, recycling, energy, climate, conservation and water.

Those are six environmental themes of the Environmental Stewardship Program.

The district and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are serving as partners for this environmental educational program.

 “This exciting partnership builds on MUSD’s commitment to reduce energy usage, save water and educate the leaders of tomorrow about environmental stewardship through the Leadership On Green Initiatives Committee,” said Victoria Brunn, who, along with Kimberly Wright, is serving as an Energy Education specialist.

She’s also serving as an ESP sustainability coordinator, with sixth-grade students, for example, scheduled this month to study environmental stewardship by focusing on air quality.

The program concludes on April 15 with an end of the school year Planet Party Day.

ESP is made possible by PG&E’s $3,000 grant to the Leadership On Green Initiatives Committee, a non-profit division of the Manteca Unified Student Trust.

According to Miguel Valdez, PG&E service and sales manager, the program hopes to encourage students to focus on the environment via education in the classroom.

“ESP demonstrates the emphasis the district places on educating our children about the importance of combating climate changes,” he said.

As part of the larger Solar Schools program, PG&E committed an additional $10,000 to Bright Ideas grants to Manteca Unified.

Bright Ideas grant supports the understanding of renewable energy in public schools throughout northern and central California.
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