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School receives national recognition for going green

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SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Fayette Academy in Somerville is one of twenty finalists across the United States competing for a $20,000 prize as part of an Earth Day Every Day School Challenge sponsored by Wal-Mart.

Students are getting the national recognition for their efforts to go green and save energy.

"We have to show environmental stewardship - to keep the Earth we have. There isn't another Earth," said 12th grader Burch Walker.

"All of it is education and to spread it throughout the community," said 12th grader Erin Shoaf.

Everywhere you look at the school, students have made sure there's a message about saving the environment.  From posters to light switches, reminders to be earth friendly are all over the school. 

"I just feel like I'm a part of something and I'm helping future generations," Shoaf said.

Last year, students started a school wide recycling effort and installed new energy efficient lighting in the gym.  This year, they've put in new energy saving windows, doors, and lighting in the middle school. 

It will save them $34,000 a year in energy costs. 

"Over a million people have been educated because of us about energy and conservation," Shoaf said.

Students put together a five minute video showing all their environmentally friendly efforts, and they hope it will help them win the big prize in their efforts to rescue the Earth.

"You basically do something local but in the long run it affects everyone globally," Walker said.

To vote for Fayette Academy in this nationwide contest, click here and vote for their video.  Fayette Academy students are heading to Washington DC later this month to meet with lawmakers about their eco-friendly ideas.

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