Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) launched its 2015 ‘Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge,’ challenge today! What’s so (cool) about it? It uses comics to teach, invites local schools to tap into their students’ creativity, and will help fund a school enrichment program.

Now through March 15, public and private elementary schools across BGE’s service area are invited to work with their students in kindergarten through fifth grade to submit hand-drawn comic book covers featuring BGE’s natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, for the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program. The downloadable entry kit is available online now at BGEGasHero.com. Captain Mercaptan takes his name from “mercaptan,” the safety additive that BGE and other gas utilities add to normally odorless natural gas to give it a distinctive, easy-to-detect smell.

“BGE has a long-standing commitment to ensuring public safety and supporting educational initiatives in our communities,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer, BGE. “BGE’s commitment to maintaining a safe and reliable natural gas system begins with educating our customers and their families about living with and near this important energy source.”

Eligible schools will have an opportunity to win the following awards:

  • BGE Captain’s Award – $10,000
  • BGE Hero Award – $5,000 for winners in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade (one winner, per grade)
  • BGE Spotlight Award (for the drawing with the most online votes) – BGE backpacks full of school supplies and safety gear

Submissions will be accepted now through March 15. Starting March 23, entries will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in early May 2015.

So pass the info on to your child’s favorite teacher! Good luck!