July 8, 2008

Entergy Texas Gift to HARC Funds School Bus Magic

The familiar yellow school bus is going green, so to speak.

When Earth Day is celebrated here next spring, students throughout Montgomery County will be treated to hands-on, earth-friendly science lessons aboard Scholastic's The Magic School Bus(TM). The bus will come to Montgomery County thanks to an Environmental Stewardship Grant Entergy Corp. awarded this year to HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) in The Woodlands.

The nonprofit HARC will bring The Magic School Bus to Montgomery County as part of its effort to develop public education "modules" around regional efforts to clean air and water, and support healthy ecosystems.

For Entergy, sponsorship of the event was an excellent fit for its annual Environmental Stewardship Grants. The company gave $10,000 to HARC this year in support of the effort. HARC was one of 38 organizations in areas served by Entergy that received a total of $350,000 for environmental projects, a 40 percent increase over grants awarded last year.

The Magic School Bus is based on Scholastic's award-winning book and television series. The bus is a traveling science laboratory that includes a special filter on the engine exhaust system, reducing particulate matter in its exhaust by up to 90 percent.

The bus will be on hand in Montgomery County for 10 days and accommodates up to 25 children at a time. It will visit elementary schools in the area and educate children about the environment they live in.

HARC, a not-for-profit organization based in The Woodlands, is dedicated to improving human and ecosystem well-being through the application of sustainability science and principles of sustainable development. For more information, visit www.harc.edu.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to 395,000 customers in 26 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. For more information, visit www.entergy-texas.com.

Editors: A high res photo is available at http://www.harc.edu/NewsEvents/PR/2008/0708