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Ameren Illinois provides energy education at Herrin Elementary

Ameren Illinois at Herrin Elementary
Benjy Jeffords
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Tina Gibbs with Ameren Illinois teaching students about energy at Herrin Elementary

October is Nation Energy Awareness month and Ameren Illinois is teaching students about different types of energy.

The fourth-grade class at Herrin Elementary School had a visitor from Ameren Illinois to teach them about energy usage.

They learned the difference between fossil fuels and renewable energy and how to conserve energy.

Ameren Illinois Community Relations Executive Tina Gibbs says it’s important for kids to learn to be conservative at an early age so it stays with them later on.

“Today, I hope that they just think about energy a little bit more than what they normally do on a daily basis. You know, think about safety, especially being safer around If there's a gas leak on what they can do to stay safe, if there's downed power lines, what they need to do to stay safe in those circumstances, as well as conserve energy when they're at home.”

The students also had a STEM activity using potatoes, copper and zinc to power a digital clock.