Waubonsie charging station goes solar with donation

  • Former Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett, second from right, donated $10,000 to help students and officials at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora install solar paneling to power an electronics charging station.

    Former Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett, second from right, donated $10,000 to help students and officials at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora install solar paneling to power an electronics charging station. Courtesy of Indian Prairie Educational Foundation

 
 
Posted3/28/2018 1:03 PM

Some of the student cellphones, tablets and laptops inside Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora now are powered by the sun.

The school recently installed solar panels on the roof that power a charging station in a student area.

 

Former Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett donated $10,000 to the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation to help make the project possible after students came up with the idea.

Students and the charitable foundation worked with Waubonsie administrators and with Todd DePaul, the district's director of building operations, to determine how and where to place the panels before celebrating them with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Birkett, the panels' lead donor, served as superintendent of the district from 2009 to 2014 at the conclusion of a 35-year career in the district.

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