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Lewis Elementary earned 2019-2020 Ryan A. Raines Energy Conservation Award for outstanding energy conservation. The $1,000 check is presented by Ryan's parents in his memory.

Lewis Elementary Wins Ryan A. Raines Energy Conservation Award

February 21, 2020 - Partners in Education
Students at Lewis Elementary were delighted to accept a $1,000 check for their school, along with this year's Ryan A. Raines Energy Conservation Award. The Raines family awards the honor to a school each year that demonstrates excellence in energy conservation. This year, Lewis reduced its energy consumption resulting in a $50,000 savings.
The check was presented by Ryan's parents, Dwight and Laurie Raines, both former Hillsborough County Public Schools educators. They created this award in memory of their son's passion for energy conservation. He was a Energy Mentor with our district.
The Raines family started this annual award in 2009 after Ryan's passing. They continue to share his love of energy conservation with students across the district.


Ryan A. Raines Legacy

A native of Tampa, Ryan Raines attended Chamberlain High School and the University of South Florida. Ryan worked as an energy conservation mentor with Hillsborough County Public Schools. Dwight Raines remembered when his son Ryan, "worked as an energy conservation mentor for the Hillsborough County School System. [He was] charged with finding ways to conserve energy for our planet. This was truly his calling. He loved his job and co-workers with a passion unmatched by anyone. There are very few people who could walk into any room and suddenly the room becomes brighter. Ryan had that quality."

Ryan's predecessor, Kenny Otero, Area 2 Energy Conservation Mentor shared that Ryan laid the groundwork for energy conservation and building strong relationships with his schools and principals. 

A growing number of students, staff, and faculty embrace the energy conservation program at our campuses and that's a direct result of the mentors' commitment and Ryan's Rains Legacy of Energy Conservation.

About Energy Conservation

There are (6) six Energy Conservation Mentors who help support and guide schools in saving energy and money on their sites for the school that could funnel back into educational programs. Through presentations and programs, students learn how they can make a difference each and every day through energy conservation. To learn more about Energy Conservation at Hillsborough Schools, visit:

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