By John DeCoste
An active Environmental Club at Northeast Kings Education Centre is doing its best to raise awareness about energy conservation.
Although some of the club’s initiatives may be a bit out of the ordinary – at least for this day and age – they have the support of school staff and principal Kevin Veinot.
Last week, NKEC celebrated both Thermal Thursday and Lights Out Friday in an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues.
On March 7, the temperature throughout the school was dropped by two degrees Celsius, and students who might find it cold were encouraged to wear a sweater.
The following day, teachers were asked to turn off the lights in their classrooms and, wherever possible, get by on natural light.
Veinot also confirmed tech classes were not using machines on March 8 and the woodworking class was using hand tools.
He added the club is also trying to stop the sale of plastic bottles and eliminate the use of paper cups by using mugs for events.
In addition to roadside cleanups around the school property, club members are also working toward putting in a large garden this spring, Veinot said.