It’s that time of year for East Logan Water District to spotlight the accomplishments of the third grade students at Chandlers, Lewisburg and Auburn Elementary Schools in recognition of National Drinking Water Week. Jana Hanks, Office Manager of East Logan Water visits the schools and provides an interactive water conservation program for all third graders. The theme is “Water ~ Celebrate the Essential”. The program is designed to teach students good water conservation habits at home, school or wherever they may be. Our intent is to teach the children at a young age the importance of water conservation and to let them know that the water we have today is all the water we will ever have. The fact that we can survive without food for one month but without water for only one week really gets the students attention and makes them realize the importance of water conservation. The children love sharing with others in their class some of the ways they have been taught in their homes to save water. “I find that children of this age are great mentors to others in their homes and families to help spread the word on the importance of good water conservation habits”, says Jana.
“It is true that education is a critical element of the conservation effort. Water is a limited resource that can quickly become scarce if we do not take measures to conserve and protect it. The children seem eager to learn and leaving the schools knowing that we have made a difference with teaching them ways in which they can conserve water and in turn the children teaching others in their households water conservation tips is very rewarding”, states Hanks.
The students each receive goodie bags from East Logan Water filled with fun things to remind them to save water. They also take home a cute little water droplet man that they can put in their bathrooms or kitchens to help others in the family remember how important water conservation is. This year East Logan has partnered with the Colgate company and were able to provide toothbrushes to all students. “Teaching the children the importance of drinking tap water and the health benefits it has versus the very expensive bottled water is top priority”, says Hanks. Most people do not realize that bottled water does not contain flouride, which is important in dental health. Each student also receives East Logan’s reusuable refillable water bottles with water conservation tips on them and are encouraged to use them over and over.
Following the program, East Logan Water sponsors an essay contest, a poster contest and a coloring contest for the students to put into words and show their artistic abilities on what they have learned from the program. East Logan is pleased to announce the 2012 winners in the annual educational program. These water wise students each receive a Chuck-E-Cheese gift card, a water wise tee shirt, frisbees, art sets and a certificate of recognition. The essay winners also receive $50.
The winning students work was on display for the recent Customer Appreciation Day for all to see. It’s always great to have these children and their parents come and visit us and also see the bulletin board with pictures of all schools and students that participated in the program. They will also be posted on East Logan’s website at http://www.eastloganwater.com/ soon.
Any East Logan Water customer that was not able to attend this years Customer Appreciation Day is welcome to stop by the utility’s office and pick up a reusuable refillable water bottle and to be water wise too.
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