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Kids may have something to say after Water Festival 2019

Parents of fourth-graders, be warned: On Feb. 20, your child might have a few things to say about water.

That’s because every fourth grade student in the Lake Havasu Unified School District will spend two hours of the school day learning about where our water comes from, why we don’t have enough of it and how to conserve what little we do have.

Learning about water went on for a few days in the classroom before Feb. 20, and will continue for a few days after Feb. 20. But Feb. 20 — a Wednesday — is when the students head to the Island ball fields for some hands-on learning about water from a group of experts.

Arizona Project WET instructors will be in Lake Havasu City to lead a Water Festival along with teachers and volunteers. Project WET is a water conservation outreach organization through the University of Arizona. This is the fourth year the group will be in Havasu. Havasu’s municipality and the school district sponsored this year’s Water Festival for 400 students at a cost of almost $7,000.

“We’ll talk about groundwater, the water cycle, watersheds and water conservation,” said instructor Nicole Kallman from Project WET.

Fourth-graders are at the perfect age to introduce water stewardship, she added.

“They’re at the age when they’re starting to think about things at a deeper level and they’re excited about hands-on activities. It’s a good age to start learning about conservation,” Kallman said. “Hopefully, the Water Festival will cause the kids to spark conversations at home about saving water.”

Project WET instructor Pam Justice agreed.

“The Water Festival is a great knowledge gain for fourth-graders by the end of that unit,” she said.

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by Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Feb 11, 2019

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