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American Residential Services (ARS), a residential heating and air conditioning service company in Corona, has partnered with the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE) to give back to the Temecula Valley Unified School District, while raising awareness for best practices in energy conservation. TVFEE is committed to marshaling the energy and goodwill of the Temecula Valley community to provide exceptional learning opportunities for its students. ARS’s partnership with the foundation furthers this mission by providing a new initiative for local students to “think green.”

ARS and the TVFEE have created an opportunity for children to expand their critical-thinking skills by submitting ideas focused on energy conservation. ARS and the TVFEE encourage 4th – 12th grade students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District to enter their best ideas on how to reduce the load on the energy grid and share the type of impact their idea could have on the community. The contest is open to all “green” ideas, including essays, models and projects, and will be divided into the following categories based on grade level; elementary school (4th-5th grade), middle school (6th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade). The high school student with the winning idea will be rewarded with a $500 cash prize; the middle school and elementary school finalists will be rewarded with a $300 and $200 cash prize, respectively. In addition, ARS will match the total prize earnings with a $1,000 donation to the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education.

“Community involvement is important to our team at ARS and giving back to our local schools and students is of the highest priority,” said Colin Martodam, Regional Manager of American Residential Services’ Southwest Division. “This green initiative aligns with ARS’s focus on energy-efficient practices and technologies, and will help bring awareness to the younger generation. Our hope is that we can encourage our youth to think about the impact they can make on our environment and share those ideas with the community as a whole so we can start making changes right here in Temecula Valley.”

Submissions for the “Think Green” contest will be accepted March 4 through April 16. To enter, students must submit an energy-saving idea in the form of a written essay, drawing or model. All entries must include a thorough explanation of the idea, the potential impact of the idea on the economy and/or community, and how the idea can be implemented throughout their community. Winners will be announced at the April 20, 2013 Temecula Science & Technology Fair and recognized on stage at the April 27, 2013 Taste of Temecula Valley. Projects are to be submitted to ARSthinkgreen@boltpr.com no later than April 16. In addition to the prizes for the winning students and the donation to the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, ARS will donate $30 to TVFEE for every ARS Home Service Plan purchased by Temecula Valley residents during the months of March through May.

The ARS Home Service Plan includes two full-service maintenance tune-ups/ inspections within a one-year period. HSP membership guarantees customers benefits and services for their home, including discounts on repairs and selected services, priority scheduling and a full one-year guarantee on all work performed.

“The Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education is pleased to recognize ARS as a sponsor. Our goal is to find innovative ways to bring arts, sciences, and technology curriculum enhancements to students, and the ARS ‘Think Green’ contest is a great partnership,” said Morris Myers, TVFEE president. “Thanks to ARS, we’re motivating students to think about energy conservation and funding additional grants for Temecula Valley Unified School District teachers in Grades K-12. It’s a win-win for both organizations.”

For more information about the “Think Green” contest, please visit www.tvfee.org, or email ARSthinkgreen@boltpr.com or call (949) 436-3632. For further information about the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, visitwww.tvfee.org. For more information about ARS’s award-winning heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services and to make a Home Service Plan appointment, visit www.arscalifornia.com.

About American Residential Services (ARS)

Founded in 1997, ARS is a leading brand of American Residential Services L.L.C., which provides heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality services to residential and commercial customers nationwide.   The knowledgeable team of ARS technicians delivers the highest quality professional HVAC services. ARS is committed to exceptional customer service, with its Exceptional Service Guarantee that assures ARS will always make it right for customers. For more information, visit www.arscalifornia.com and www.ars.com or call (866) 247-1824.

About the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE)

An all-volunteer, 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation, the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education seeks to assist TVUSD schools by enhancing the teaching and learning experience for students in Grades K-12. The foundation’s board of directors includes parents, local business owners, residents, and educators. The overall goal of the foundation is to support curriculum-enhancement and enrichment programs in the arts, sciences, and technology.  TVFEE sponsors summer- and after-school programs and annual mini grants for educators. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in grants to TVUSD schools to support the arts, science, and technology curriculum. Website: www.TVFEE.org.

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