FOR RELEASE: 3/19/2008
CONTACT: Kimberly King, DCA Communications (404) 679-0615
Winning Water Festival Encourages Southeast Georgia Students To Learn About Water Resources
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Winning Water Festival Encourages
To Learn About Water Resources
Festival activities were held today,
“Georgia Southern University is a strong supporter of programs that encourage students to stretch their learning limits. We were pleased to welcome the Winning Water Festival to our campus and the Statesboro community,” said Georgia Southern University President Bruce Grube. “As residents of one of
Festival Attendance To Exceed 5K Mark In ‘08
As the Winning Water Festival marked its fifth anniversary, the event also hit a new attendance milestone.
In its first four years, the Winning Water Festival educated approximately 4,700 students at events in
“We are proud that the Children’s Water Festival has been so well received. In only five years, DCA, its sponsors and our school systems worked to bring this unique learning experience to more than 5,500 eager Georgia fourth graders. It’s great to reach such an important milestone through such a meaningful program,” added Commissioner Beatty.
Students from a number of southeast
Winning Water Festival Model – A Program That Works
The race-car themed, water education festival employs a fun, interactive learning environment to teach students about ground water, drinking water, surface water and the hydrologic cycle. Upon their arrival at the Georgia Southern University campus, each class of students was greeted by their personal guide. Volunteer guides took them from classroom to classroom as they participated in activities such as “The Irrigation Station,” “Take A Ride On The Water Cycle” and “Awesome Edible Aquifiers.”
“The positive feedback we hear from educators, students and parents confirms that the festival works. Although it’s day away from school, it’s not a day away from learning. Teaching and encouraging our youngest Georgians to learn about our water resources establishes a framework for a
Partners Help The Festival Earn An A+
“DCA appreciates Georgia Southern University’s hospitality and our partnership with the school systems, sponsors and other organizations that have worked hard to make the 2008 Winning Water Festival a success. Working together, we presented another enjoyable learning opportunity for
Major event sponsors included AmeriCorps, Coastal Rivers Water Planning Policy Center, Environmental Protection Agency – Region IV, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Power, Georgia Project WET (Water Exploration for Teachers), Georgia Southern University, GYSTC, Keep Bulloch Beautiful, Keep Columbia County Beautiful, Keep Effingham Beautiful, Keep Ft. Stewart/ Hunter Army Airfield Beautiful Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Keep Liberty Beautiful, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep Screven Beautiful, Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, University of Georgia, U.S. Army Corps of Engieers and the Water Systems Council.
For more information about DCA’s Winning Water: Children’s Water Festival, please visit www.winningwater.org.
About DCA: The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was created in 1977 to serve as an advocate for local governments. As outlined in its mission statement, DCA seeks opportunities that support "partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for
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