Penticton and South Okanagan
Feb 15, 2013 / 5:00 am
Members of the BC Lions stopped by Columbia Elementary School on Thursday to share information on energy conservation.
The players have been visiting South Okanagan schools this week to promote the BC Lions FortisBC Energy Champions program.
“We are trying to teach the kids not to be wasteful in a fun way,” said linebacker Jason Arakgi who was visiting with offensive line Jon Hameister-Ries.
The program will be visiting schools throughout BC in 2013. Stops this week included visits to Okanagan Falls Elementary School and elementary schools in Penticton and Summerland.
The good times started immediately at Columbia, as Hameister-Ries high-fived students as they walked into the gymnasium.
He then told the students the players spend half the year playing football and the other half going to schools to talk about being champions of the planet.
Arakgi stressed to the youngsters that they need energy for every single thing they do and asked questions about energy use in the school building.
He asked for volunteers to show what uses up the most from 25 percent for lighting to 13 percent for computers and 50 percent for heating.
He focused on BC being a beautiful place and keeping it that way through sustainability.
“It means we have to make sure that we don’t use up all the resources now so we have them in the future,” he said.
The players brought attention to a series of signs with such messages as put on a sweater, turn down the heat, fix leaky taps, wash clothes in cold water and power off electronics.
When the signs were turned around, the other side read energy champions take green action for the earth.
Students were then asked to remember the messages, as Arakgi walked the room tossing a ball that looked like planet earth to them.
There was much laughter and applause as students played games where they had to layer on clothes.
The presentation ended with students shouting out Energy Champions.
Columbia principal Jan Ramsay said the students were lucky to have the BC Lions come to their school.
Many of the youngsters agreed, as they crowded around the players for autographs.
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