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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Show me the water for the Mayor's Environment Expo

Grades 4 and 5 students at River Valley School keeping the Bow River clean for the Mayor's Environment Expo.
“Drinking clean water makes you smarter,” says ten-year-old Sarina Virani from River Valley School.  And she is correct.  Drinking water has tremendous benefits on our brain including better concentration and mental alertness.

The health of the watershed is top of mind for River Valley School which is located next to the Bow River.

For their Showcase School project for the Mayor’s Environment Expo, Grades 4 and 5 students organized an awareness campaign about protecting this precious resource.  In the communities of Bowness and Montgomery, they delivered brochures they designed themselves, informing residents how simple actions like using a rain barrel or sweeping dirt from a driveway instead of hosing it into the gutter can make a world of difference.

In school, the students created a videotaped newscast (complete with an anchor and reporters) to educate their peers on ways to conserve water during their assembly.  They also interviewed approximately 230 students to discover the favorite way to conserve water - turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth.

“Non-point source pollution is the biggest problem in Calgary,” says Sarina.  “People don’t know how dumping soap buckets from washing their car down the drain impacts our rivers and the animals.”

“We need to educate people of what they are doing and why they should stop it.”

Join us at the 2013 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 4-6 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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