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Civano school may appear on DeGeneres TV show

Camera crews from the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" paid Civano Elementary School a visit earlier this month. The students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, entered a contest called  The Greenest Grade School in America.

Camera crews from the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" paid Civano Elementary School a visit earlier this month. The students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, entered a contest called The Greenest Grade School in America.

There probably will be a mad dash to TV sets when school lets out at Civano Elementary Friday.

The 3 p.m. dismissal time also is when the Ellen DeGeneres Show starts.

And Civano – thanks to its students sending essays and drawings to the show – has been named one of the top 10 “green” schools in the country, at least according to DeGeneres.

All 66 students in the kindergarten-to-fifth-grade school in Vail Unified School District sent in entries online.

The winner – and recipient of the $50,000 prize – will be announced during Friday’s show. It is not known how many schools applied.

In addition to the cash, each student would receive a solar powered iPod Shuffle and their families would get a year’s supply of All laundry detergent. All is sponsoring the contest.

Lead teacher Pam Bateman said the students are pretty mellow about it now – even though there was an Ellen DeGeneres crew videotaping at the school last week. (No, Ellen was not there.)

But if the school wins, that will be another story, Bateman said.

The money would help the school develop a commercial kitchen so it could reach another of its “green” dreams.

“If we had a commercial kitchen, we could make lunches from local-grown, organic foods,” Bateman said. “It would be healthy, good cooking.”

The school, at 10673 E. Mira Lane, near Houghton Road south of Irvington Road, should have a good chance of winning.

It has solar panels on the roof, water collection cisterns, paper and ink cartridge recycling and flash water heaters.

Bateman said, “I think there will be a lot of families watching the show.”

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