7 December, 2016
The 16th annual Etowah County Water Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State Community College. An estimated 1,400 fourth-graders from schools in Etowah County are expected to attend the fun and innovative event.
“Every fourth-grader in Etowah County will visit Gadsden State to complete three different hands-on activities related to protecting our clean water resources,” said Dr. Hugh Hammer, program manager at Gadsden State’s Aquaculture Education and Development Center and an organizer of the Water Festival. “They will be taught these activities by approximately 200 volunteers from Etowah, Gadsden City and Southside high schools as well as aquaculture students from Gadsden State.”
The festival is designed to educate students and their families about all aspects of groundwater. Students and teachers will participate in the three 30-minute hands-on activities throughout the day where they will learn about natural resources and general environmental awareness.
“Each fourth-grader will build a water cycle bracelet and an edible aquafer as well as complete a filtration exercise,” Hammer said.
Following the classroom sessions, students will attend a magic show by the Fishin’ Magician.
“The magic show was developed as a way to demonstrate the importance of clean water in a unique way,” he said.
All attendees and volunteers will receive a free Water Festival t-shirt that features the winning design by Aidan Kastke from John Jones Elementary School.
The Water Festival is co-sponsored by Gadsden State, the City of Gadsden, the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board, Keep Etowah Beautiful and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. Support also comes from a number of other agencies and Gadsden area businesses.