KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 3, 2016 – With the assistance of second grader Onixxjoe Barreto of Sunrise Elementary School, Kissimmee Utility Authority today unveiled a newly-wrapped vehicle in its energy conservation fleet.
Barreto, the grand prize winner in the utility’s 2016 student calendar art contest, was on hand with his family and classmates to officially introduce the vehicle to the community. The van features Barreto’s name, artwork and photo and will be used by utility technicians over the next year to conduct free home energy audits to customers throughout the Kissimmee area.
Open to Osceola County students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the annual art contest is designed to promote energy conservation among students and their families. This year, 1,844 entries were received from 23 Osceola County elementary schools, including public, private and charter schools.
“We emphasize conservation through this contest because research shows that key conservation messages delivered early in life help establish a lifetime of good conservation practices,” said utility spokesperson Chris Gent. “We’re proud of Onixxjoe’s passion for conservation and his willingness to share his artistic talent.”
The vehicle unveiling was followed by a pizza party for the students and faculty at the school.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 69,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.