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Prize offered for greenest school

Posted: March 24, 2008 3:23 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2008 5:03 a.m.
"Schools minding their money due to budget cuts may find that integrating eco-friendly renovations will cut their costs dramatically over time."

Paige Hemmis of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" probably did not have Santa Clarita Valley school districts in mind with that statement, but she just as well might have.

With the proposed education budgetary cuts impacting most school districts, Ford Motor Co. and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" have joined together to allow one school to save some green by going green.

The "Educate to Escape" campaign offers one K-12 school the opportunity for an eco-friendly makeover of up to $250,000 that Hemmis says will, "reduce the amount of energy used as well as the costs associated with running old or inefficient appliances."

This nationwide contest ending on May 18 could award the winning school with athletic fields made of organic/sustainable materials, vegetation roofing, solar paneling, or Energy Star lighting and insulation.
Students, parents, school staff, and community members are encouraged to nominate their school by submitting an online survey to

From there, entrants will be asked a series of essay questions as to why their school deserves an eco-friendly makeover. Entrants will have the opportunity to win a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.

The winning school will be announced in June, and the makeover will be completed later in the summer.


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