Kingsville - May 30, 2019 - Nearly 3,600 students from across the Essex Region will learn about water science, water attitudes and water conservation next week at the 16th Annual Essex Region Children’s Water Festival.
“It’s amazing to think that over these past 16 years, we have helped to educate over 75,000 members of our community about the importance of protecting and conserving our precious water resources,” says Danielle Breault Stuebing, Chair of the volunteer Steering Committee. “Participants, who are mostly students from grades 3 through 5, will experience over 50 hands-on learning centres to gain a better understanding of the critical importance of water, particularly in light of some of the challenges presently facing our Great Lakes.”
“We are very grateful for the continued support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and all of our sponsors,” adds Cathie Griffin, Steering Committee Vice Chair. “Contributors can see the impact that their donations have on our young people’s attitudes towards water. What these students are learning is actually resulting changes to their behavior in water conservation, reducing single-use plastics, and trying to keep our water resources safe from pollution.”
All activities are curriculum based to meet the teaching objectives of the Ontario Curriculum. “Exploring this year’s theme that ‘every drop counts’, this is truly an example of experiential learning at its best, and empowers students to know that we can all make a difference,” adds Breault Stuebing. Hundreds of students from secondary schools across the region also participate by volunteering and teaching the activities to the younger students. Pre-registration is required.
Since 2004, the Essex Region Children’s Water Festival has been organized by a committee of volunteers from various environmental agencies including Essex Region Conservation and Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority, Point Pelee National Park, Unifor locals, school boards, municipalities and others. The committee is extremely grateful to the numerous contributors whom have donated to and continue to support this important event.