School’s back in session. The little students might have new shoes, backpacks and erasers. What’s an easy way to recoup some of the money spent on back-to-school essentials?
Turn off the key when waiting in line to pick up the little scholars from school.
Think about it.
You show up before the final bell rings to pick up your son, daughter, grandchild, etc. You leave the car running for 10, 20 maybe 30 minutes while you wait in a long line of cars. Idling. Wasting gas. Polluting the air.
The solution is pretty easy: turn off the car.
In the summer issue of Missouri Resources we highlighted the Springfield Public School district as they implemented Idle-Free Zones around their buildings.
Since the article ran, we have heard from other schools wanting to do the same and Missouri schools that have also implemented a no-idling policy.
One class – Kathy Nuetzel’s students from the Center for Creative Learning, a gifted program in the Rockwood School District in the St. Louis County area – started their own anti-idling campaign.
This campaign included researching, designing signs, writing proposals so the signs could be permanently placed in the school’s parking lot, creating presentations and making and selling t-shirts promoting their anti-idling message.
As if that’s not enough, they made a documentary video on their project.
Check out their Action4Air anti-idling page. There’s lots of good info there on idling and what this group of students has done to make the air around their school cleaner.
These kids show the future is in good hands.
Reducing idling not only saves money by conserving gas, but it also lowers the amount of harmful pollution, your – or someone else’s – son, daughter, grandchild breath as they leave school.
So, the next time you’re waiting for the wave of students to pour from school doors, consider turning off the car. Your pocketbook and student might just thank you.