Tyson Niese, Caleb Vennekotter, Tanner Inkrott, Sam Keesler, and Dylan Altman, Miller City Middle School students are shown taking part in the Be E3 Smart energy program. (Photo submitted)
Tyson Niese, Caleb Vennekotter, Tanner Inkrott, Sam Keesler, and Dylan Altman, Miller City Middle School students are shown taking part in the Be E3 Smart energy program. (Photo submitted)

MILLER CITY — Teacher Toni Reiger and seventh and eighth grade students from Miller City Middle School are excited to be involved in Be E3 Smart, an energy efficiency education program sponsored by Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative. On April 1, students and teachers spent the day learning about energy efficient lighting with the Ohio Energy Project. “Energy efficiency is extremely important,” said Peter Niagu, Energy Advisor with Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, “we are proud to sponsor the Be E3 Smart Program with real world applications for the students – our future customers.”

This program brings math and science learning into the classroom and students’ homes by teaching ways to reduce energy demand and use. The program correlates with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and promotes student leadership through its innovative school-to-home model.

“We were thrilled to be part of this program,” said Mrs. Reiger, “We were provided the complete curriculum, with classroom demonstration materials that were ready to use in the classroom the next day! And each of my students received a kit of energy saving materials they can take home, so they apply what they’re learning in the classroom as part of their homework assignment.”

The Be E3 Smart program is sponsored by Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative and implemented by non-profit energy organization, the Ohio Energy Project. Estimated value of classroom materials and energy efficiency kits is about $2,500 per classroom/teacher, all of which are provided free of charge to the school.

Teacher Toni Reiger stated, “Our students learned why energy efficiency is important through a hands-on lighting lab in the classroom. And when students take home the energy efficiency materials – items such as CFLs, a door sweep, an LED nightlight, weather stripping, furnace filter whistle and other items – they’re sharing what they learned in the classroom with their parents. And they’re saving money on energy in their own home as well.”

The Be E3 Smart program offers a fun and innovative curriculum that empowers students to be educated leaders of tomorrow’s energy responsible society. For more information on the Be E3 Smart program as well as other energy education opportunities, visit the Ohio Energy Project website at www.ohioenergy.org.