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Lincoln Elementary School students give thanks for electricity


Lincoln Elementary School students Amelia Hassebrock, Dylan Spiess and Cady Malmedal share why they are thankful to have electricity.

Capital Electric Cooperative and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) visited Lincoln Elementary School in October and asked three students to share their thoughts about electricity: how it is made, how they use it, and why they are thankful to have it.

Cady Malmedal, a kindergarten student, says electricity travels through cords. Some are connected underground, and others are connected high in the sky. She thinks maybe Santa Claus makes electricity because he has powers. Cady uses electricity to turn on the lights, play Leap Frog and Frozen on her Kindle, and to power the popcorn maker. Her mother uses electricity because those cords attach to the computer. Her father works in the oil fields. Cady thinks he uses electricity there, because he comes home very dirty. She is thankful for electricity, because the stove uses electricity, and her family uses the stove to melt chocolate — her favorite food.

Dylan Spiess, a first-grade student, says electricity is lightning. He uses electricity to turn on the lights. His mom uses it to make his lunch in the microwave and his dinner on the stove. Dylan also uses electricity to watch shows and play games on his Xbox. He knows it also keeps him warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Dylan’s dad also works in the oil fields, but Dylan does not think his dad usually needs electricity. Dylan’s mom uses electricity to fold laundry and to play with his baby sister. Dylan is thankful for electricity because it helps him play video games.

Amelia Hassebrock, a second-grade student, says electricity travels on power lines. Wood poles hold them up, and they are mostly everywhere until they stop. She does not know where they stop, and where the electricity goes after that. She thinks a little electricity comes from the sun and wind. But she does not think electricity comes from coal. Coal is what kids get for Christmas when they are naughty. Amelia’s dad uses electricity to make tie-dyed pancakes on the stove. Her mom uses electricity to talk on her phone, a lot. Amelia uses electricity when she uses the microwave and watches TV. She also takes swimming lessons, so she uses electricity to swim in a warm pool, and to wash the chlorine out of her suit with a washing machine. Amelia says she is thankful for electricity because it makes her life easier.

Capital Electric Cooperative thanks the families of Dylan Spiess, Cady Malmedal and Amelia Hassebrock for participating in the project.

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