Chatterton School Wins Energy-Efficiency Challenge

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Identified by PSEG Long Island as the top L.I. elementary school for conservation

Congratulations to Chatterton School, grand prize winner of the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Kit Challenge. Based on the overwhelming response by Chatterton families and school staff to sign up for home energy conservation kits through PSEG Long Island, the school was awarded a $1,500 grant from the power company. 
Following an energy conservation-themed assembly, “The Conservation Caper,” sponsored by PSEG Long Island and the National Theatre for Children, held earlier this year at the school, Chatterton families became eligible to sign up for home energy conservation kits online. Thanks to an in-school campaign in which Chatterton staff utilized various information outlets provided by PSEG Long Island to spread the word about the program, the school community showed its dedication to conservation, as Chatterton finished first among Long Island elementary schools that signed up for kits! The kits include LED lightbulbs that can make a real, measurable difference in saving energy at home.
PSEG Long Island Manager of Economic Development John Keating recently visited Chatterton to award the $1,500 grant to Merrick Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dominick Palma, Chatterton Principal Dana Bermas and Chatterton Assistant Principal Michael DeLuca.
“We are thankful to the Chatterton school community for being so proactive,” Bermas said. “We thank PSEG Long Island for their guidance and subsequent award and for teaching our children, through the assembly and this program, the importance of energy conservation.”
“The Conservation Caper” is a free, in-school program, sponsored by PSEG Long Island, designed to engage elementary school students in green living and saving energy. The interactive play, designed for grades K-6, brings junior superhero Nikki Neutron together with students to teach them important lessons about resources and energy efficiency – and convinces the indecisive villain, Dr. Maybe, to join the cause. Chatterton students took part in “The Conservation Caper” assembly this past October.
According to PSEG Long Island, a single LED bulb will save a household approximately $230 over the lifetime of each bulb. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for 15% of home electric use. 
“Congratulations to Chatterton Elementary for taking first prize in the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Kit Challenge,” said Suzanne Brienza, director of customer experience and utility marketing, PSEG Long Island. “We are glad the students and staff enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed sponsoring it. The added incentive of the Challenge helped families put energy conservation ideas into practice with free LED lightbulbs and gave their school a chance to get a monetary prize for most signups – it’s a win-win-win.”