Today’s post is guest written by Leia Kim, a grade 11 student in the Leadership Program at Johnston Heights.
Being one of the coordinators for Energy week was a tiring yet worthwhile experience. For many weeks, our JH leadership team has been working hard with our Pulse Energy mentor, Harish, to create different ideas to promote energy awareness and lower our energy savings.
At first, I too was an ignorant student about how much energy we wasted every day but during the energy audit with Neal, my fellow coordinators and I were definitely shocked at all the different machinery and how much energy they need to use in order for someone to turn on their classroom lights. Due to the complications, we did not have a ‘Cozy Monday’ but throughout the week, with the help of Mr. Killawee, we managed to encourage many teachers to turn off their lights during their last blocks. We also motivated junior students by holding many energy-saving workshops. It allowed many senior leadership students to connect with younger grades while teaching them how turning off your lights or your water tap does make a huge difference.
This experience allowed me to open my eyes and make ‘energy saving’ one of my top priorities. It brought our leadership team closer together to finish this huge project and to create such an amazing mission statement for our school. Even though we tied in second place, our leadership team couldn’t have been more proud and happy that we finished this project. And since I will be a senior next year, I’m looking forward to teaching our new leadership members and making sure this energy awareness week is an on-going project we do every year in Johnston Heights Seconday School.