KSDS Wins BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge for Second Straight Year


Krieger Schechter Day School won the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge grand prize for a second year in a row.  Baltimore Gas and Electric announced Krieger Schechter Day School as a repeat winner of the fifth annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge at a lower school assembly on January 18, 2017. The yearly contest encourages elementary schools to create their own version of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electric safety commercial for the chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project.  This year’s winning video will be played on all four Baltimore area television stations the weekend following the announcement.

During the event, BGE employees gave a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) presentation for the students.  BGE President and Chief Operating Officer, Stephen J. Woerner, presented Rabbi Moshe Schwartz and Principal Wendy Gelber with a check for $10,000 along with a trophy for science teacher, Mr. Alex Thaler, and the fourth grade students who created the grand prize video.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from BGE for the second year in a row. The award is a true testament to the strength of our science program and the creativity that drives our teachers and students,” said Rabbi Moshe, Krieger Schechter Day School’s Head of School. “We are proud of the hard work that went into our video and thank Mr. Thaler for his vision and BGE for the honor.”

In an effort to enhance its curriculum to include more aspects of STEM, Krieger Schechter intends to use the prize money to buy specialized STEM Inquiry Kits for their science units. The kits include activities and hands-on experiments in varying subject areas including weather, electricity, rocks and minerals, sound, and food chemistry. The school will also be donating a portion of the award to two local schools with whom they have partnerships: Milbrook Elementary School of Baltimore County and John Eager Howard Elementary School of Baltimore City.

BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge is geared towards elementary schools in its central Maryland service area. This year, more than 35,000 votes were cast during online voting in November for the videos that were submitted by 19 schools from across Maryland.