School bulletin: Crestmont kids part of big Aerojet announcement

Dry Creek wins energy efficiency award; middle school students hold peanut butter drive
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Crestmont kids part of big announcement

Crestmont Elementary School fifth graders were part of a major announcement Dec. 8, during their field trip to the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center in Sacramento when Aerojet announced its $1.5 million naming sponsorship for the future Powerhouse Science Center.

“I have taken classes to 16 missions at the center over the years and I was thrilled to be asked to bring my present class to participate in this special day,” said teacher Barbara Messmer.

The money will launch the new science complex’s cutting-edge simulated NASA learning mission program called the Aerojet Challenger Learning Center. The current center is 17 years old and operates at the Discovery Museum. The new facility is expected to open in 2014.

The Challenger Learning Center inspires future astronauts with suspension-of-disbelief scenarios and problems, challenging students to apply the math, science and communications skills learned in the classroom to “real-life” scenarios.

Dry Creek wins energy efficiency award

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District recently received the Community Energy Award from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for reducing energy consumption and promoting environmental protection by implementing energy-efficient upgrades.

The district installed computer management software on 900 desktop computers to automatically power down the equipment in the evenings and on weekends. They replaced older fluorescent lights with more efficient lighting on five campuses and the district office, and installed virtualization software that permits the elimination of 90 percent of its servers.

The changes result in a reduction of about 400,000 kilowatt-hours annually for a savings of more than $48,000. They will also eliminate roughly 438,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equal to removing 37 cars from the road.

Middle school students hold peanut butter drive

Seventh grade students in the KEY Academy at Granite Oaks Middle School in Rocklin began hosting a peanut butter drive after hearing that the Placer Food Bank was low on peanut butter donations. They named their drive “Operation PB: Creamy or Chunky, What’s Your Style?” Students are holding a bake sale to raise money for the food bank Thursday and Friday, but community members can also donate peanut butter by dropping off jars at the school, which is located at 2600 Wyckford Blvd. The peanut butter drive ends Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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