Every other Saturday, the Asheville School community joins together to learn about service before using the day to work on projects both on campus and throughout the Asheville area. Fourth formers travel off campus to work within the community, and each group of students works with a local organization or community leader on specific projects.
One of Asheville School's service groups works with the Energy Savers Network, an organization that, alongside another nonprofit, the Green Built Alliance, helps low-income families complete home improvements that will save energy and lower their heating bills in the winter.
Students meet with a project leader from Energy Savers Network who tells them what improvements need to be made to each home and how to complete the projects. They gain practical home-improvement skills, learn how to make homes more efficient, and help local families in the process.
This project teaches students that seemingly small actions can make a big difference in people's lives, says faculty project leader Cali Girard.
"We are wrapping hot water heaters and pipes, we might insulate doors to attics or crawl spaces, or replace weather stripping," she said. "Our students go around the house and work on the improvements, and they get to talk to the families while we are there. What [the students] bring up most often is that small things can really help. A little goes a long way, both in the money savings that these families will see and in energy savings."You can read more about the Energy Savers Network and see photos and video from a recent Service Saturday in this recent story from WLOS News 13: "Project helps low-income Buncombe families get energy efficient upgrades to homes."