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Middle school students urge Bartlett to go green

(WMC-TV) - Bartlett is going green. A new conservation program is working with city leaders and businesses to make the entire town more energy efficient.

Students at Appling Middle School are already scoring high marks for the environment. Long before the lunch bell rang, students gathered in the cafeteria to play their instruments for business leaders who were invited to hear about how they can save energy.

"First I would like to say how amazing it feels, my friends and I are so young and you took our ideas seriously," said 6th grader Elena Schauwecker.

The students' idea involved writing letters to Bartlett area business owners urging them to develop plans to save energy.

Student named their campaign the "Wildcats Gone Green Initiative".

It all grew out of a persuasive writing exercise for 6th graders in Tabitha Boddie's class.

"We owe it to them to teach them ways that's going to save us money and to sustain energy in our community," said Boddie.

The students are teaming up with Bartlett's Chamber of Commerce to encourage Brother International and other businesses in Bartlett's corporate park to join the chamber's Team Green Zone.

Bartlett's mayor told business owners that joining the program will help companies save energy and that leads to saving money.

"I do believe if you do make it easier for businesses in your area to be profitable you'll get more jobs, you will be more successful in economic development," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

Student leaders say the next step for business leaders that participate is a follow up meeting at the Shelby Farms park conservatory.

There, Chamber of Commerce staffers will help companies assess energy usage and develop plans to conserve it.

To find out more about the energy initiative, contact Bartlett's Chamber of Commerce the number is 901-372-9457.

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