For more than 15 years, education programs administrator Michelle Mitchell has empowered K-6 grade students to become energy experts. Learn how she is preparing the next generation of natural gas and electric safety ambassadors below.
How has Consumers Energy pioneered energy safety?
Safety has always been Consumers Energy’s number one priority – it’s engrained in everything that we do. In addition to keeping our employees safe, we have a duty and obligation to do the same for our communities. What better way to do so than to empower kids to be our biggest advocates?
Always eager to learn and share, we’ve learned that if you teach kids about energy safety, they will enthusiastically share what they learned with their families. Teachers in Consumers Energy territory schools can take advantage of two free classroom presentations: EmPOWERED Kids and Respect the Flags.
Why should teachers take advantage of a free classroom presentation?
It is a unique, hands-on opportunity for kids to connect what they learned in the classroom to their daily lives. For example, we utilize our interactive EmPOWERed Kids app for presentations to introduce topics such as how we make electricity with renewables and non-renewables and how to be safe with it.
What if my school is not in a Consumers Energy service territory? What resources are available for middle or high school students?
We have lesson plans available online for K-12 grade students which correlate with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE).
We also offer an energy expert patch for girl scouts and cub scouts. Scout leaders can access workbooks and order patches at ConsumersEnergy.com/scouts.
What drives you to teach kids about energy safety?
It’s like a mobile classroom for me. I have the opportunity to educate more than just 30 students a year. I’m reminded of my passion to teach when students are excited to recognize me at the grocery store or when I receive handmade thank you cards. It’s extremely rewarding to hear and read what they learned about energy safety in their own words.
“If I can save a child’s life by them remembering the signs of a natural gas leak, I have done my job.”
Learn more about our education programs or request a safety presentation at ConsumersEnergy.com/kids.