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Students at T.K. Stone Urge Drivers to Be Idle Free



Four students at T.K. Stone Middle School are leading the charge to better the air quality in Elizabethtown with a “No Idle” campaign, which encourages parents waiting to pick up their students after school to turn their cars off, cutting off the emissions from their vehicles. Last week was “No Idle” week in the district, and the students would like to see the campaign spread through the community.

The project grew out of an extra-credit opportunity in an environmental issues class, said Susan Ryan, who has advised the eighth graders on the project.  Hannah Butler, Riley Eriksen, Rachel Goff and Rhianna Clemons researched the dangers of idling emissions. They found air toxins contribute to a large number of cancers, and children especially are susceptible to issues because of their smaller lungs.

They also studied the frequency of cars idling at some of the schools. They found the majority of drivers kept their cars running while waiting for students to be dismissed.  Last week, the students stood near the pickup lines with signs requesting drivers to turn their engines off. They have farther-reaching hopes for the campaign.

 “We want to get the whole district to start with, but then we hope it will go to the community." 

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