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I’m sure the students at Anderson have heard the announcements or seen the posters about NEED. Most students probably have participated in some sort of NEED project. But a lot of Anderson students probably don’t know exactly what NEED is all about so I interviewed co-president Bella Rose for some useful information.
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Q: What does NEED stand for? What is the goal or main idea?

A: It stands for National Energy Education Development. Our main goal is to educate. We want to make people aware of how much energy is being wasted so they’ll hopefully make an effort to consume less energy.


Q: Are there any other NEED clubs in other high schools?

A: NEED is a nation wide program so it’s in high schools everywhere.


Q: How long have you been a member?

A: I joined my junior year, so two years. But underclassmen are encouraged to join also.


Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment of NEED since you’ve been in it?

A: I think our biggest accomplishment was how well people participated in the “Battle of the Bottles”. Also we informed a lot of elementary school kids about energy waste.


Q: What kind of projects do you do?

A: So far this year we had a “Battle of the Bottles”, which was a competition on who could collect the most bottles to recycle.  We also handed out tootsie rolls to carpoolers and had a station at Grandparents’ Day. We traveled to the museum where we had stations that taught tons of elementary classes about energy consumption.


Q: What has been your favorite part of being in NEED?

A: My favorite part is feeling like I’m helping the environment and hopefully encouraging others to do their part as well.


Q: What kind of impact has NEED had on AHS?

A: We’ve hopefully made people aware of how much they’re wasting. We made posters with facts on them and we’ve talked at the different lunches about recycling their water bottles.


Q: What are some of your goals for NEED for the rest of this year? Do you have any big plans coming up?

A: I personally want to collect money and plant a tree. Some there ideas, such as a carnival or letting kids ride the energy bikes at lunch are in the works.


Q: What can we expect from NEED next year?

A: Hopefully some of the underclassmen will keep it going and I’m sure Rod (Mr. Rodriguez) will continue going on field trips and stuff.


Q: Is it too late to join NEED at Anderson? Where and when should somebody go or whom should they contact if they want to go to a meeting?

A: It’s not too late to join. We have meetings after school in Rod’s room. They’re in the announcements and sometimes we make posters. I would contact Rod, Karie Chamberlain, Courtney Sumner, or myself if you want to join or have any questions.


For more information about NEED at the national level go to Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and ears open about the next NEED meeting!


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