LYNN (CBS) – A special project done by a Lynn elementary class has earned them a special trip.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Brickett Elementary’s 5th grade class thought they came to Lynn English High School Friday morning to see a play.

Instead, they were brought on stage and told they were one of 20 national finalists for Disney’s Planet Challenge.

Then, Mickey Mouse suddenly came out on stage.

That’s when they found out they had actually won the grand prize – four days, three nights at Disney World.

Donna Whalen’s class came up with the project “Think Before You Idle,” which was an effort to decrease needless vehicle idling in Lynn.

“We are on a very busy street. There’s a lot of cars that idle around our school. So we said ‘How does that affect our environment?’” Whalen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

They pushed a local initiative and now cars can no longer idle outside Lynn schools, reducing pollution.

“They actually presented it in front of the state legislator to pass a bill into legislation to take idling from five minutes down to three minutes. They created an entire awareness campaign and got the community engaged and it was just incredible,” Disney’s Christiana Maretens told WBZ.

Comments (6)
  1. karen says:

    congratulations to the students and their teacher. enjoy your prize!

  2. marcell says:

    i am so proud of my niece and her class mates for doing something that will make a difference in the community and world. they deserve it! :) im a VERY PROUD AUNT

  3. Lisa says:

    Love this! Fantastic! Good for the kids and teacher! Have a great time! You deserve it.

  4. RedSoxFan says:

    Wow! Job well done! What a great lesson to teach the kids that they really can make a difference in the world. The students and their teachers should be very proud…I hope they have a fantastic trip!

  5. Rob Cleary says:

    Everything Free in America!

  6. jeffsmom says:

    wow- what a great story- hope all have a blast and keep up the good ideas.