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The Glow Challenge
February 25th, 2009 by Steve Thorpe

The Glow Challenge:

Montessori Middle School Students Attempt to Make a Difference

In December, there was a great stir in the Oak Grove area of Atlanta, as a group of middle school students from Arbor Montessori School moved about the local businesses asking if they wanted to participate in the Glow Challenge.

The Glow Challenge is a students designed competition between companies in the Oak Grove area to see who can reduce their electricity bill from mid-January to mid-February by the highest percentage. The reason that students choose percentage is so that the bigger companies would not have an advantage over the smaller companies. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition for being the greenest company in the Oak Grove area. So far, the students have convinced The Beehive Hair Company, Hair Flair, and Limetree to participate.

What motivated the students to do this is that global warming is an enormous issue and must be fought with great effort. They were inspired to act against global warming after a school field trip to a local coal-fired power plant when they saw the amount of toxins that went into the air. They hoped that their actions could be an inspiration to other children who want to make a difference.

This attempt to reduce the amount of energy used in the Oak Grove area is appealing to many companies because it is good for the environment, the companies save money on their energy bills, and the winner gets the acknowledgment of being the greenest company in Oak Grove, thereby increasing customer attention. The award ceremony will be held on March 11th at 7:00pm at Arbor Montessori School, and will be open to the public and the press.

Glow Challenge featured on local Public Radio

Visit the student built Glow Challenge Website


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