Monday, February 11, 2008


The 26 fourth-graders in Ryan Rashabe's class at Baxter Elementary will become the first student group to win US Senator Amy Klobuchar's Carbon Buster Award. The students took about a week and a half of Rashabe's science section and recorded a commercial about climate change for the contest. Fourth grader Cody Attonen said the students did most of the work. Some of them wrote script and music for a rap song, others put together an introduction to the song. Student Mara Halvorson remembered some of the song that she said the students wrote themselves; "hey, hey, we got lots to do, global warming is getting bad and its making lots of people mad." So far, only Baxter teachers, the staff at Klobuchar's St. Paul office, and some of the parents have seen the DVD but that will probably change. Student Hannah Hess said her family saw the production and were impressed. So impressed that her parents changed all the light bulbs in the house and "my Dad even changed his filter." Crow Wing Power will take the class to Klobuchar's St. Paul office on March 2nd to claim their award.

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