Last fall, Cabot School science teacher Michael Hendrix submitted a project proposal to allowing his AP Environmental Science to design lighting for Cabot and Twinfield Schools' production of Lillian: A Folk Opera. Through DonorsChoose, the class secured lighting and materials to examine energy use, electricity and efficiency. They then created light sculptures as part of the Lillian set, reducing the actual energy consumption of the show.

Recently, Hendrix received word that out of thousands of projects submitted, Cabot's project was chosen as one of only three finalists nationwide for grades 9-12. Of these three finalists, the winning project will receive $10,000 in science equipment funding from Donors Choose.

The winner will be decided by popular internet vote, at the site Cabot is up against two large urban schools, one in Brooklyn, N.Y., a community with a greater population than the entire state of Vermont. What Vermont lacks in population density, we more than make up for in community, however! We are hoping to spread the word across the state, both to recognize Cabot School's excellent project, as well as to increase visibility and help a Vermont school win this national honor.

For more information about the project including pictures, contact science teacher Michael Hendrix directly at or (802) 233-6781.

Voting Link: to get to the high school division, voters need to also vote for elementary school projects on the first three pages.


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