There's usually enough "kid energy" at your average elementary school without adding another source of energy into the mix.
But a few weeks back teacher Bob Holzman got to thinking about how he would like to celebrate Earth Day with the students at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in El Centro on Friday and that's when that extra source of energy — the sun — was invited on board for the day.
"I remembered that about 20 years ago I made one of those solar ovens you construct from a shoe box and I thought that would be a great idea for the kids for Earth Day, if they each made a solar oven and cooked a hot dog in it."
That would explain the some 200 shoe boxes stashed at various points around Washington Elementary in the days leading up to Earth Day — in Holzman's classroom, in the teachers' lounge and even in an obliging fellow teacher's minivan. With help from local solar energy expert Michael Gohl of The Sun Works company, the entire student body was hard at work Friday morning cooking up a storm with their "Solar Weanie Roast."