Pocatello Community Charter School gets a wind turbine
PCCS Principal Martha Martin first learned of the Wind for Schools program through Billie Johnson, an engineer in Pocatello who volunteers at the school. Recognizing how the synergy among the sustainable building materials, solar and wind power could provide cost-efficient, clean energy for the school while the turbine would also serve as an excellent learning tool for students. Martin was immediately on board to pursue the opportunity.
The school is a ‘center for expeditionary learning’ serving approximately 350 kindergarten through eighth grade students. As such, PCCS administrators strive to teach students reading, writing, science, math and social studies through connected, real-world projects called learning expeditions to emphasize active learning, character growth and teamwork.
“Pocatello Community Charter School is designed to engage students through action learning and outside-the-classroom activities,” explained Martin. “The partnership between Wind for Schools and Pocatello Community Charter School affords our students the opportunity to experience firsthand how they can positively impact the environment by adopting sustainable energy practices such as solar and wind power installations.”