Glen Rose fifth graders went green - and several of them were rewarded for their efforts Tuesday morning.
The students were asked to submit one-page essays on the subject of saving the environment, all vying for an opportunity to win a $1,000 United States Savings Bond from Luminant.
The winner, chosen by Glen Rose Intermediate School principal Laurie Mapes, was Mallory Daniels.
Daniels wrote about land, air and water conservation in her essay, encouraging individuals to conserve each through small efforts such as turning off the water faucet while brushing teeth.
“I just wrote what I knew,” she said.
Daniels was surprised by the win, but excited because she knew it was a tough competition.
“I feel really good about it,” she said. “It was pretty much a surprise because I knew there were a bunch of others up (for the award) too.”
The savings bond was presented by Robert Gentry, Luminant Scholar Director, who gave to student body at the Intermediate School a few tips on protecting the environment.
“The whole point of this is to help us become more aware of what you and I can do to help our environment,” Gentry said.
If everyone in the student body, which was approximately 350 individuals, saved two gallons of water a day, then together, they would save 700 gallons of water each day, Gentry said.
He also encouraged students to participate in events such as the Luminant Scholarship opportunity.
“You’re all winners for participating in the contest,” Gentry said. “The only way you will be a winner in the race is to enter the race.”
Daniels submission will be entered into a contest with essay winners from 40 other schools. From the pool of 40, the top three essays will be selected and the winner’s school will receive a $5,000 Luminant grant.
The Luminant Scholar Program was established in 2008 and awarded nearly $50,000 in scholarships and grants.