Orangevale Students Push For Idle-Free Zone

Students at a local school are pressing their parents to change their habits in an effort to protect their kids and their environment.

Those 7th and 8th graders at Orangevale Open School in Fair Oaks have posted signs and handed out fliers about their 'no idling' campaign.

13-year-old 7th grader Mia Revensdorf is part of the group that asks parents and others who line up and wait for pick-up at the end of the school day to turn off their cars in part to make their immediate environment a little cleaner.

"If we try to decrease our carbon footprint, it will make our earth a lot healthier for other generations," says Revensdorf. "We're thinking about everyone else."

Their science teacher Aaron Silberman says he was like the kids. They never really thought about how much carbon monoxide is released in front of the school as those cars idle for a half hour or more.

"We have kids exercising and in the classroom and it's gonna get in there," says Silberman. "We're just trying to do a preventative measure." 

The kids say so far they've had a generally positive response and they notice a lot fewer cars running when they come out of class.

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