LA MIRADA – You can never celebrate Earth Day too early – at least not at La Mirada High School. The annual observance of Earth Day is on April 20, but La Mirada students held a kickoff celebration last Monday, ushering in the environmental awareness season with energy-conscious student projects. It was also an opportunity to highlight several “A+ for Energy” grants awarded to the school by global energy company BP. The awards emphasized to students the importance of energy conservation and energy-efficient technologies. “Students are our future clean-energy consumers and future environmentalists,” said teacher Norma Williamson, who organized the celebration that also featured an appearance by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We’re at a critical crossroads right now – either we choose to keep burning more fossil fuels for our cars, or we choose space-age technology,” Williamson added. “The choice is in your hands because you are the future consumers of our country.” Some of the student projects displayed inside the school’s gym aimed to create awareness about recycling, throwing out informational tidbits such as “Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet” and “Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.” Outside the gym, students battled with rainy weather to display their solar-powered projects, which were still functional even though skies were overcast. Sophomores Jeff Hofflund, 17, and Albert Ledesma, 16, used plastic bottles and solar panels to create and power toy boats. “It wasn’t that hard to do and it only took a little bit of time,” said Hofflund. “I knew about solar power and recycling before, but I had never tried it on anything before now.” Sanchez said many people believe they have to tackle environmental problems “in a big way.” “But you can do small things that work, like the recycling program you have here on campus,” she told students. “You’re already on the right foot. And when you work together, you can make a tremendous impact.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!