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Breckenridge preschool sets out to be earth-friendly

CAITLIN ROW
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BRECKENRIDGE – To lead by example for students and the community, Little Red Schoolhouse is making big changes. The Breckenridge preschool is set to make alterations to its building based on energy audit suggestions and other projects starting this month.

“We believe that leading by example will not only encourage the community around us to move in this direction but also teach the children the importance of caring for our environment,” said Greta McCormick, director of Little Red School House. “Through fundraising, grants and private donations, we have raised thousands of dollars for several projects including replacement of an old boiler, installation of solar panels, replacement of all refrigerators, and correcting items that were brought to our attention through an energy audit.”

Projects focused on environmental sustainability start throughout September, and McCormick said the Schoolhouse has less then a quarter left of $86,208 to be raised. The push for environmental sustainability will continue through the winter.

According to the director, the Little Red Schoolhouse’s Xcel Energy bill is $12,000 a year – “That’s a pretty big bill. We’re trying to cut back by a third on our energy usage.”

“We are doing a drive to do some big energy-saving changes,” McCormick said. “The building is only six years old, but there’s just some changes that need to be made as a school is open 10 hours a day.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to support this project, mail it to Little Red Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 2740, Breckenridge CO 80424. E-mail Greta@littleredbreck.com for more information. All donations will be recognized on a plaque at the entrance of Little Red Schoolhouse.

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SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.