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Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution
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Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by the Clean Air Campaign)  

As air pollution continues to be a problem in Georgia, Gwinnett students are getting involved in the fight for better air quality.  Nearly 60 schools in Gwinnett County call themselves Clean Air Schools and work with Georgia nonprofit The Clean Air Campaign to educate students, parents and faculty about ways they can improve the air.

Two Lilburn schools are being recognized by The Clean Air Campaign as school champions for their recent efforts.

Arcado Elementary School’s Environmental Club is taking on The Clean Air Campaign’s No-Idling Program for the fourth year in a row.  Club members have created posters to educate and encourage drivers to turn off their engines during afternoon pick-up.  Their goal is to eliminate idling at their school, which releases harmful pollutants into the air around campus.

“The kids campaigned their hearts out!” said club advisor Nancy Aulenbach.

Rebecca Minor Elementary planned a full week of events to promote its Ride the Bus! For Clean Air program.  Students celebrated with Wear Yellow Day to bring attention to the big yellow school buses and showed their appreciation for their bus drivers with thank you cards.

Students and parents also learned about the benefits of riding the bus to school:

  • Riding the bus is safe: Yellow school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children, about 2,000 times safer than the family car.
  • Riding the bus reduces pollution: Family cars and trucks are significant contributors to smog-forming emissions in Georgia.  Exposure to these emissions can aggravate children’s asthma symptoms and make it harder to breathe.  Increased bus ridership means a decrease in traffic congestion and smog-forming emissions. 
  • Riding the bus saves time and money: When your child rides the bus, parents save time and money in fuel, wear and tear costs and aggravation.

“Through the Ride the Bus program we were able to inform and empower students to make choices to help reduce air pollution,” said Jenna Reid, fourth grade teacher and event coordinator at Rebecca Minor Elementary.

More than 260 schools across Georgia are currently part of the Clean Air Schools program.

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