It was not an ordinary day for the students at Tucumcari Elementary School.
Students were outside Wednesday blowing bubbles while those inside were playing with socks and making pinwheels.
It was all part of Energy Day and students were taking part in activities aimed at promoting and educating them about green energy, and wind energy in particular.
“We are teaching the importance of green energy,” said Andrea Hodge, art teacher, Tucumcari Elementary. “This is part of our goals to educate the kids about green energy.”
Hodge said that the students will have a chance to see the many different uses of green energy in everyday life.
The students rotated to one of four energy stations located throughout the school, each of them with a different wind energy theme.
“We need to save the planet,” said fifth grader, Denisse Moreno.
Outside, teachers had students use a bubble solution to show the powers of wind energy. The students were told to hold the bubble wands up in the air and let the wind create the bubbles.
Teachers explained how the wind can be used to produce the bubbles which they enjoy, but it can also be used to power their homes and schools.
Inside, the students were making pinwheels which the teachers referred to as mini turbines. The kids colored and decorated their individual wind turbines and watched a presentation on windmills.
Students gathered in the hallway and made wind energy banners and wind socks. Hodge said that the wind banners and socks will be displayed at the elementary art show on May 12.
Wind energy proponent Robert Lumpkin topped off the day’s events with a presentation about the workings of wind turbines and the benefits of wind energy.
“Wind energy is a way for us to help the planet” said fifth-grader Travis Pate. “These events show that we care about the earth and want to stop pollution.”