NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Pillsbury school greening

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Though Minnesotans are more into escaping than capturing solar energy just now, we are realists who recognize that those solar panels on Pillsbury Elementary School in Windom Park are a powerful expression of the school’s and the neighborhood’s commitment to green technology. The solar will serve as a learning laboratory a source of heat for Pillsbury students who will be returning to school in the weeks to come.

Minneapolis is one of five school systems to receive funding fromWalmart Foundation’s $1.2 million donation to the National Energy Development Project. Other Minneapolis schools include South High, Seward Montessori and Floyd B. Olson Middle School. The schools were chosen because of their strong science programs and geographic distribution according to MPS assistant facilities director Clyde Kane.

The intent of the project is dual: First, to teach young learners about green technology, how solar energy works and it it plays a role in an holistic green movement that includes recycling, organics and rainwater collection among other techniques. On the practical side, students will learn how living green means living economically.

Pillsbury Elementary School is located at 2250 Garfield Street Northeast in Northeast Minneapolis. Phone 612 668 1530.

Students and their families are reminded that the best way to start the new school year is with good friends, food and fun at the back to school BBQ, August 25, 4-7 pm at Jackson Square Park, 2212 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis Don’t miss it!

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