Students are being encouraged to “think green” again this year. Last year, Cooperstown was awarded $700 through The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s New Energy $mart Students Program.
Franck said it was not a new concept for students in the program, but the funding received helped put an emphasis on thinking green and made it more appealing.
“Some funding was left over from last year so we can give a little shove toward having the students think about how to reduce and reuse,” she said.
Workshops generally follow an outline provided by in a TREP$ workbook, according Franck. However, she said organizers do try to improve and strengthen the workshops a little bit each year.
“The things that are taught are used in the everyday world,” Franck said. “Students learn to write promotional material and learn math skills such as making change. We try to make connections with what they are learning in school and will be used in everyday life. These things don’t just happen within the walls at school.”
For more information on the TREP$ program, visit www.trepsed.com.