GURNEE — A local fifth-grade class was named regional winner in a national photo contest in Southwest Airlines’ Adopt-a-Pilot program. Jennifer Silasiri’s class at Woodland Intermediate East submitted a four-minute video showing their "going green" efforts.
"It took us quite a while to get the pictures. I just loved doing it," said student Nikki Ramachandrula, 11.
The video featured still shots of students demonstrating eco-friendly activities, such as turning off lights, lowering the thermostat and using rags instead of paper towels. It won the class a $500 scholarship for classroom supplies, which the class is still deciding how to spend, Silasiri said.
In the Adopt-a-Pilot program, pilots volunteer their time to teach an aviation-related educational program. There are more than 700 pilots volunteering in more than 1,250 classrooms this year.
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