Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Allegheny Students Win Again in Conservation Contest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Allegheny Students Win Again in Conservation Contest

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Two teams of students in the South Allegheny School District won prizes in this year's Polar Bears International contest.

It was the third and fourth time teams of students from the district won prizes in the competition.

Polar Bears International is a group devoted to the worldwide conservation of polar bears and their habitat. The group encourages students to devise ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to help preserve sea ice.

This year, a group of 15 12- and 13-year-olds from South Allegheny Middle School won the Great White Bears (large group) prize in the contest, a grant of $750.

Leah Knickerbocker, assistant director of education for the international organization, said the grants are to be used to continue the teams' conservation programs.

This year, Ice Ice Savers, the middle school team, focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions by carpooling. According to a Polar Bears International press release, at the start of the project, 86 percent of students rode with their own parents to activities and practices. By the end of the project time, 43 percent of students were riding to events with their parents, and 57 percent were carpooling.

The entire seventh grade helped with the project. The Ice Ice Savers team also raised awareness of polar bear issues and funds, by selling bracelets made from old magazines and T-shirts.

Miss Knickerbocker said the same team won the contest last year when members were students at South Allegheny Elementary School.

Both last year and this year, the Ice Ice Savers beat all other middle-school students and high school students in the large group category of the contest all over the United States and Canada, Miss Knickerbocker said.

"We're always impressed with what students at a young age can accomplish," she said. …

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