Montevallo Boys and Girls Club members featured in ‘Tales from Team ENERGY STAR’

MyCaya Jones, left, and Jazmine Williams, right, both submitted poems featured in the book "Tales from Team ENERGY STAR" (contributed).

MyCaya Jones, left, and Jazmine Williams, right, both submitted poems featured in the book “Tales from Team ENERGY STAR” (contributed).

By GINNY COOPER / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO—Poems from Montevallo Boys and Girls Club members MyCaya Jones and Jazmine Williams were selected to be featured in the book, “Tales from Team ENERGY STAR: How Boys and Girls Club Members Joined the Epic Fight to Protect the Climate.”

Members of more than 200 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country submitted poems, essays and art about energy efficiency to be part of the book, which was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Samsung.

Williams, a fifth grader at Montevallo Elementary School, submitted the poem “Energy Epic,” which encourages readers to turn off lights, computers and game consoles.

“Energy isn’t all yours, but also mine,” Williams reminds readers at the end of her poem.

Jones, a sixth grader at Montevallo Middle School, reminded readers to work to save energy at home and at school in her poem “Energy Savers.”

“I bet they’ll listen to you if you say saving energy is just so cool,” she wrote.

Jones’ poem was selected as one of the top five poems in the country, and Jones also received a Samsung television for the local club for the honor.

The television was delivered in July, but it was stolen the same night.

“It was still in the box, because we were waiting to let her (Jones) open it,” said Freda Shivers, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Montevallo. “Someone broke in that night and stole the television and several video cameras.”

Shivers said when she told the story at an event in October, an audience member approached her afterward to ask how much the television cost, and immediately wrote out a check for the amount.

“Now we have an even better TV, and the kids can watch Netflix,” Shivers said.

Williams and Jones signed copies of “Tales from Team ENERGY STAR” and donated one to the Parnell Memorial Library, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama and kept a copy for their own club.