Luminant Energy recently awarded one Cameron
Elementary School student, Madison Lingan, with a
$1000 United States savings bond for her essay titled
“How Can I Help Protect the Environment.” She was
awarded the savings bond by Luminant
representative Don Montgomery at an assembly on
Wednesday, October 27th. Madison, her homeroom
teacher Ms. Karen Skala, and the other students in her homeroom class
were also given Luminant T-shirts. Madison’s essay will now be entered into
the statewide contest where the school can win a $5000 grant if her essay is
selected as one of the three grand prize winners. Madison’s essay is below.
Homeroom – Skala
How can I help protect the environment?
Everyone seems to know about reduce and recycle programs as a way to save the
environment, but I want to start a program called Help Environment and Animals Live.
(H.E.A.L.) to teach people about the chemicals they put on their yards to control weeds
and bugs or the motor oil and antifreeze they drain for their cars. The chemicals that you
use on the yard or the car fluids that you drain can run off into the creeks and end up in
the water that animals drink or when animals eat the grass they eat the chemicals and
fluids that are on it too. This can make the animals very sick and can cause them to die. I
want to help people understand that there are safer ways to treat yards and be friendly to
the animals. Use all natural ingredients for bug control and to pull weeds by hands
instead of spraying chemicals on them. Also, I would like for every city to have a recycle
garage where people can come and change their own oil and antifreeze and it can be
drained safely and sent for proper disposal. This will help keep the automobile fluids off
of the land and out of the landfills. Animals are part of the environment and without
them, we would not exist. They cannot clean up the grass before they eat it or clean the
water before they drink it; it is up to us to help protect them. We need to HEAL it is up to
all of us to stop these chemicals and fluids from killing our animals and environment.