Agawam

Hello and welcome to the Agawam Cooler Communities Challenge!

Agawam is running its fourth Cooler Communities event in 2024, at the Roberta Doering Middle School on March 21st, from 6pm to 8pm. It promises  to be even bigger and better than the 2023 event, which featured artful superhero projects around energy efficiency, robots from the robotic club, and energy efficient model buildings. Gary Rome, the winner of the USA Today 2022 car dealer of the year award, generously brought an electric Hyundai IONIQ for students and community members to check out.

There was also a bake sale supported by Agawam high school students and pledge forms with a variety of lifestyle changing actions that lowers carbon footprints for the community. A major highlight of this event was a play performed by elementary students about renewable energy and energy efficiency. Take a look at some of the photos below.

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Agawam's 3rd Cooler Communities Program

Students turned familiar buildings into more energy efficient ones
Student pollinator project
The students created artful superhero projects with a focus on energy efficiency
A fun energy efficient building model project

From student art to science projects, from vendors to webinars and town exhibits, this Cooler Communities event and this website showcase what our students learn in the classroom and highlight many of the actions we can take, to achieve a healthier, cleaner and more beautiful community for all.

Learn about and be inspired by young people’s smarts and care, from Elementary to Middle and High School.

The first two Agawam Cooler Communities Challenges led to: 

  • Over 600 visitors at the virtual and in-person events
  • Over 30 student exhibits ranging from carbon footprint education to energy options to plastic pollution
  • More than 100 visitors pledged actions
  • Forty visitors signed up for free energy efficiency assessments
  • Others scheduled solar energy consultations or pledged to compost at home. Will you help us reach even more visitors, spread the word and pledge ways in which you will live in cleaner and healthier ways?

Thank you and enjoy this website, the student art and projects and the town’s pages!

Student Art & Projects
Town Projects
Events schedule
Taking Action

History

The first Agawam Cooler Communities Challenge happened in May 2019 and involved projects from all grade levels and many subjects, from poetry and visual arts to science. Close to 300 visitors came to see 16 student exhibits ranging from carbon footprint education to energy options to plastic pollution.

Agawam’s second event was a virtual campaign, stretching over several months and culminating in a virtual celebration on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

The program was linked to Agawam receiving a Municipal Vulnerability preparedness grant from the state of Massachusetts to improve stormwater management. Alongside student projects from science and other subjects, it also featured the Hitchcock Center and Enchanted Circle Theatre’s work with 5th graders on stormwater and storm drain designs. See their projects below.

Parents and other community members are still able to view student projects, above, as well as pledge their own actions on the Cooler Communities Agawam Action Platform. 

Here is Superintendent Sheila Hoffman, speaking about the schools’ participation in the event. 

Thank you!

Cooler Communities Agawam was made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Western MA.

Our Sponsors

Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
Beveridge Family Foundation
Feigenbaum Foundation