Students learned how to be water-wise by practicing water conservation techniques. We visited our school’s garden and discussed how a rain barrel would benefit our efforts by collecting water runoff. We discussed how we would decide where to position the rain barrel in order for it to collect the most runoff. Over the next few weeks, students observed where the runoff was greatest during rainy weather conditions. Then the rain barrel was installed and a stand was built for it to rest on. We are currently waiting on a roof and gutter system to be built above the rain barrel platform due to building code restrictions. Throughout the year, as our gardens grew and rain barrel filled with rain water runoff, students used the rain barrel as a source to irrigate the school's garden. In order to communicate the importance of conserving water to others, students also completed posters in collaboration with the art teacher, Ms. Singleton during Drinking Water Week.
Earth Day Rain Barrel Competition 4/22/2015
An additional opportunity arose during the year to expand our rain barrel project during this past Earth Day. Science Lab teacher, Mrs. Stevenson, and Art teacher, Ms. Singleton, along with students in the after school arts program decorated a rain barrel for a local competition sponsored by the Beaufort Conservation District. This rain barrel will be displayed, installed, and used in the garden as soon as possible.