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October is here! Read about ribbon cuttings and fall events in NC:
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More Solar School Ribbon Cuttings!

In September and October, we celebrated ribbon cuttings for two more of our Solar Schools: one near the coast at Queens Creek Elementary in Swansboro and a second one at the NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM) in Durham

The system at Queens Creek expects to provide enough power for the school’s cafeteria as well as charge students’ laptops. Students will use provided software to analyze data taken from the monitoring system.

NCSSM's event was part of a larger sustainability kick-off event, including a featured speaker, music by NCSSM’s Jazz Ensemble, and ice cream provided by Howling Cow from NC State University.

All schools from Pilot Year Two have now received their solar array, curriculum package and monitoring equipment. More than 3,700 students have been impacted through your donations this year alone! 

To see a video of one of our previous ribbon cuttings at the Central Park School for Durham Event click here. 
 
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Solar School Stories 

Ribbon Cutting at Meadowview Magnet 

Meadowview Magnet Middle School was the first of four schools in Pilot Year one to install a 5 kW solar array with the help of our NC GreenPower Solar Schools grant program.

We talked to Jeff Edwards, Science Institute Director at Meadowview Magnet Middle School, about his experience with the program and the impact it will have on his students.

Jeff: "As the coordinator for Surry County Schools Science Institute, it was my idea to apply for the grant… and we were very anxious to hear about the funding.  The Science Institute hosts programs for elementary students on the campus of Meadowview Magnet Middle, so the array gave us something to add to those visits."

Click below to read our full "Featured School" story

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We have been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2017 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your contributions! The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews that NC GreenPower received from volunteers, donors and solar school grant recipients. Read inspiring stories about us and add your own.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

NC GreenPower continues to be busy educating the public about our program. Click on the volunteer opportunities below to find out more information and to sign up:

10/23 - SECC Dept. of Health and Humanity
10/25 - Charlotte Green Team Presentation 
11/3 - STEM Career Expo
11/14 - STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities 


If you'd like to get involved and receive regular email updates from NC GreenPower about volunteer opportunities in your area please visit our website to sign up to volunteer.
 
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Fall Foliage Events

It's peak weekend in the NC mountains! North Carolina State Parks and Recreation is offering special events and hikes throughout the next few weeks to help you enjoy North Carolina's spectacular Fall of Fame. Visit your local park to learn more or visit the Blue Ridge Parkway website here.
 

State Employees Combined Campaign

Are you a State Employee? Did you know that you can donate to NC GreenPower using payroll deduction? Our SECC code is 3620.
Upcoming Events:
10/24-25 - Bridging the Gap 2017

In The News:
NCSSM holds ribbon-cutting as NC GreenPower Solar School - NC School of Science and Mathematics 
Queens Creek Elementary unveils 5 kW solar installation, named NC Green School of Excellence - WCNT9
 
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