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Earth-friendly in La Mesa

Mesa lightbulb bag prep.Its members already are and, thanks to their efforts, so is their school!

“Our Builders Club is trying to make La Mesa Junior High an earth conscientious and energy-efficient school,” says club member Nicole Acquaviva.

The newly chartered club kicked off this past school year, for example, by participating in the 14th annual Santa Clarita Valley River Rally and Environmental Expo, and event for families, community and school-service groups and neighborhoods looking for ways to make a difference in their community. The event is tied to California’s Coastal Cleanup Day and about 30 members of the club joined other volunteers in cleaning up a portion of the Santa Clara River.

The club also launched a school-wide recycling project, helped the San Fernando Boys & Girls Club build a playground in one day, took part in an Earth Day project and raised enough money throughout the year to provide each student with one compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).Mesa students with lightbulbs.

“By using CFL light bulbs, instead of regular bulbs,” Acquaviva notes, “students at La Mesa can save enough energy to light more that 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equaling to emissions of almost 800,000 cars!”

You can read more about the La Mesa Builders Club and its light bulb project in the upcoming edition of Builders Bloc.