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Lakota East High School seniors raise $15K to bring solar panels to the school

Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 07, 2020

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — At first, they thought the project was a long shot.

But now, $15,000 later, a group of Lakota East High School seniors have plans in motion to get solar panels installed at the school.

Eve Beiting and Tanya Kukreja have been working with other members of the National Honor Society to research solar energy, price estimates and potential energy savings for the school.

Beiting said they also looked at what other schools in the area are doing to commit to clean energy.

“We researched the benefits this would have both financially and environmentally just to see how impactful our project could be,” Beiting said.

In addition to fundraising, students are also working with school and township officials to complete paperwork and get the proper approval for installation.

The group hopes to have the plans for the solar array finished by the end of the school year and have the panels installed on the roof of the gym by the end of the year.

“We just really wanted to, as students, be able to make a difference in something that’s really going to define the rest of our lives,” Beiting said.