Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Kids absorb story of water

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Water, water everywhere, but how much can we drink?

        Thousands of Tristate fifth- and sixth-graders flooded the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center on Tuesday to find the answers to questions such as that.

        Blowing bubbles with a straw, crawling through a maze made to represent the sewer process and touching tiny aquatic creatures — all of this was part of Cincinnati's seventh annual Waterfest.

[photo] William Campbell, a fifth-grader at Sands Montessori School in the West End, blows a bubble Tuesday at the Fluor Fernald booth at Waterfest at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        “Seeing the hands-on, having different instructors share their expertise, they (students) really enjoy it,” said Carole Lunsford, a teacher at Delshire Elementary in Delhi Township.

        The annual program uses games, information sessions and hands-on activities to teach students about conserving water, the importance of it as a natural resource and how water pollution affects everyone.

        During an afternoon session, students crowded around a small table to look at water bugs under a microscope and listen as Bob Ireton, a Cincinnati Nature Center volunteer, talked about a dobsonfly larva.

        “Put anything in that tank, and if he can get a hold of it, he'll eat it,” Mr. Ireton said.

        Another group of students watched as Diane Silver of the education department at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens held tightly to Glade, one of the zoo's baby American alligators.

        “We want students to be excited about the natural world and care about it,” she said.

        The event was coordinated this year by the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Park Board, Fluor Fernald Inc., Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Hamilton County Environmental Services, the county soil and water conservation district, the Metropolitan Sewer District, ORSANCO and the Ohio Energy Project.


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