AUSTIN (KXAN) – Highland Park Elementary kicked off its anti-idling campaign Wednesday morning to inform parents, students and staff about the importance of turning off their cars in school zones.
“Limiting unnecessary idling can dramatically reduce pollution while helping preserve the health of our most precious resource and future leaders: our students,” Austin ISD sustainability manager Darien Clary said.
The student-led anti-idling initiative was started last year by the school’s Future Problem Solvers, a group determined to make positive changes to improve the environment.
“We’re giving out these fliers to let everybody know that this is a no-idle zone,” said Dylan Downie, a Highland Park third grader. “We don’t want anywhere to be polluted in Austin, no idling, no trash, nothing.”
Austin ISD is also helping in the sustainability effort by providing air quality test kits. It is encouraging parents and students to walk, ride their bikes or take the bus to and from school.
“It is all of our duty to provide our students with a healthy environment to grow and learn,” Clary said.