BC Lions linebackers Jason Arakgi and Adam Bighill teach students about energy conservation.

BC Lions teach students to be energy champions

Linebackers Jason Arakgi and Adam Bighill taught Twin Rivers students the importance of conserving energy.

Two members of the BC Lions football team encouraged and engaged the students of Twin Rivers Elementary to become energy champions at an all-school assembly last Thursday.

The BC Lions FortisBC Energy Champions program is designed specifically for children in kindergarten through grade seven emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility and being an “energy champion”. The program will visit over 75 elementary schools throughout BC over the next few months.

Linebackers Jason Arakgi and Adam Bighill taught the students the importance of conserving energy and gave them some tips on how to do that through games and activities. The students were reminded to turn down the heat, put on a sweater, fix leaky taps, take shorter showers, turn off the lights, fill the dishwasher before turning on, wash clothes in cold water, check for drafts, power off devices and turn off power bars.

“We hope they had a fun time and we hope that they learned a thing or two too,” said Arakgi while signing autographs after the presentation. “We want them to know it is all of our responsibilities if we want to keep BC and Canada a beautiful place. It’s about being responsible citizens. Even if they learn a couple of the tips, we are winning the battle.”

In talking to some of the students afterward, it seems like the Lions met their goal. Not only was Ethan Lawczynski pleased with meeting the Lions, “It was all really cool, I like watching football so it was really neat to meet someone who plays professional football,” he said; but he learned something too, “I learned that there is a lot of different ways you can save energy and help the world.”