Katherine had a project towards the end of last year that involved learning about how to help the environment. She decided to research compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. Completely on her own, she created the character of Electra as her spokes-bulb for the presentation to her class:
This was the 2-D version of Electra. Katherine also made a hand puppet that she took into class, and the two of them presented.
Apparently, Electra was easily distracted, and Katherine kept having to pull her back on task. It made for some good shtick.
She also wrote a letter to the editor of the Kalamazoo Gazette talking about recycling CFLs. About two weeks after she mailed the letter, we got a call asking for Katherine – at 8:55 at night. CJ, very confused why anyone was calling for Katie at that hour, explained that she was in bed and asked what this was about. The lady then identified herself as following up on a letter that was sent to the Gazette. The light went on. The lady explained that she was just trying to verify the identity of the person submitting the letter. CJ laughed, and confirmed that Katherine did, in fact, write the letter.
About a month after that, we found that Katherine’s letter did get published:
I’m not sure how long that link will be live, so here is the original text of her letter:
Dear Kalamazoo Gazette,
Did you know that C.F.L. does NOT stand for Chipmunks Fighting Lollipops? It stands for Compact Florescent Lightbulbs. These florescent bulbs, when thrown away, can leak mercury, a neurotoxin. If mercury gets in the water, it can hurt both animals and humans! People shouldn’t throw away C.F.L.s, they should recycle them. If you live in Kalamazoo, you can recycle your C.F.L.s at Household Hazardous Waste Center at 1301 Lamont Ave. for free!
The businesses that sell C.F.L.s can help by taking used C.F.L.s back and recycling them. Or, a business can put up posters by C.F.L.s, telling people where to recycle them. This can really help the environment.
And yes, the chipmunk joke was 100% Katherine. That’s my girl!