A Dublin school has received €500 after winning an all-island competition to encourage young people to think about the value of electricity and what it means to them.
In February the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) invited primary and secondary school pupils in Ireland and Northern Ireland to highlight ‘the value of electricity’ via a short video, vime or poster.
This month, the winner, Julia Piotrowska, from St Laurence’s National School, Baldoyle, received the school’s prize money, along with sixth class teacher Kevin Murphy and runner up Matthew McCormack, also from St Laurence’s (pictured).
The industry representative body also chose to award a second runner up; Sarah Burrowes from St Brigid’s GNS, Glasnevin.
EAI CEO Owen Wilson said:
“I’d like to thank everyone who entered our ‘Value of Electricity’ competition. It was clear from the entries we received that the future generation does understand just how important electricity is. Young people recognise that we need to move away from burning fossil fuels towards renewable resources - and are informed about the ways in which we can reduce our energy use to help cut the impact of climate change on our planet.
“Julia’s poster stood out for the very clever way in which she encouraged people to save energy. It was clear how much thought she had put into this message and we particularly liked her attention to detail.”
Mr Murphy said:
“I’d like to thank the EAI for the opportunity to take part in this competition. The pupils very much enjoyed creating their posters and learning more about electricity.
“The school will be using this money to fund an environmental project. Together with the help of renowned broadcaster and environmentalist, Éanna Ní Lamhna of ‘Heritage in Schools’ and a team from Aileen O'Meara Media, we are creating a film which will help us and others, learn more about Ireland’s native trees and how to protect them. We look forward to the launch of this initiative.”
EAI will use the winning poster designs to help encourage members of the public to think about the changes needed in the type of energy we use and the way we use it.
Julia and Matthew, now in sixth class, and Sarah in fifth class, have each received framed copies of their posters and EAI branded mugs in recognition of their efforts.
EAI launched its 'Value of Electricity Schools' Competition' from its stand at the first Green Schools Expo 2016 at the RDS in Dublin.