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May 7, 2013

Over 2,000 Iowa Students Celebrate Water at Iowa Children’s Water Festival

Iowa Children's Water FestivalOver 2,000 fifth grade students from 40 schools across the state of Iowa will celebrate water at the 17th Annual Iowa Children’s Water Festival. The Water Festival is a free, fun, instructive day filled with opportunities to educate and celebrate Iowa’s most valuable resource – water. All activities will be held on the Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny Campus on Thursday, May 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.

The Iowa Children’s Water Festival is designed as an opportunity for students to enjoy a fun-filled day while learning all aspects of water – including water quality, wise-water usage practices, safety and recreation. Students participate in hands-on learning activities, presented by a variety of water professionals, representing government agencies, environmental organizations, higher education and private businesses.

“Students participate in various activities that engages and empowers them to protect Iowa’s water resources,” said Laura Sarcone, Festival Coordinator. “Before they realize it, students are talking about aquifers, surface waters, run-off, watersheds, the water cycle and more.”

The Iowa Children’s Water Festival is sponsored by Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA) and coordinated by several local and state agencies, including Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa DNR, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Rural Water Association and West Des Moines Water Works.

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2,000 Students Celebrate Water

It’s National Drinking Water Week!  Students will learn and celebrate Iowa’s most valuable resource – water – at the 16th Annual Iowa Children’s Water Festival.  The Iowa Children’s Water Festival, sponsored by Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA), brings over 2,000 fifth grade students from 40 schools across the state of Iowa to a free, fun, educational day filled with learning experiences all related to some aspect of water.  All activities will be held on the Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny Campus on Thursday, May 10, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.

The Iowa Children’s Water Festival is designed as an opportunity for the youth of Iowa to enjoy a fun-filled day, learning about all the aspects of water, including water quality, wise-water usage practices, safety and recreation.  Students participate in hands-on learning activities, presented by a variety of water professionals, representing government agencies, environmental organizations, higher education and private businesses.

“We want Iowa’s youth to understand what they and others do in their daily lives, directly impacts water resources,” says Laura Sarcone, Festival Coordinator. “If we want to continue to have an adequate and safe supply of water, we must become better ecologists at an early age.”

The Festival is coordinated by several local and state agencies, including Des Moines Water Works, DMACC, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Rural Water Association and West Des Moines Water Works.

Students participate in hands-on learning activities, presented by a variety of water professionals, representing local and national government agencies, environmental organizations, higher education and private businesses.  The activities are designed to teach children about water in a learning-intensive, yet festive and fun environment.

The Iowa Children’s Water Festival is designed as an opportunity for the youth of Iowa to enjoy a fun-filled day, learning about all the aspects of water, including water quality, wise-water usage practices, uses, safety and fun.

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15th Annual Iowa Children’s Water Festival

The Iowa Children’s Water Festival is held annually to increase the awareness that everything we do in our daily lives will in some way impact our environment, with a main focus on Iowa’s water resources. Approximately 2,100 fifth-grade students attended the 15th annual Festival on May 12, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), traveling from as far away as Council Bluffs, Davenport, and Muscatine.

The Water Festival is purposely designed to teach basic science from a fun, interactive perspective, so the students will want to learn and integrate what they see and hear throughout the day into their daily lives.

Fifth grade students are able to understand water concepts while they are still young enough to form their own value system.  Students are scheduled into three classroom presentations, a large game activity, a stage performance, and an exhibit hall. In all they spend approximately 4-5 hours at the Festival. There is also a poetry contest prior to the Festival that allows classes to compete for prizes by writing and submitting a poem around the festival theme.

The Festival would not be possible without contributions from many organizations.  The Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA) has oversight responsibility for the festival. However, the Festival is coordinated by a steering committee with members representing IAWA, Des Moines Water Works, DMACC, Iowa Rural Water Association, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, IA Section-American Water Works Association, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the US Department of Agriculture. In addition, each year there are approximately 40 classroom presentations, 20 exhibitors, and 200 volunteers who make the Festival possible.  Many local and national organizations contribute generous in-kind donations and monetary donations. The Festival is very grateful for these contributors.

The Festival has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Iowa Academy of Science; Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award, Special Recognition in Water Quality; Outstanding Water Resources Educator Award, Iowa State University Water Resources Research Institute; and “Ding” Darling Environmental Education Award For Outstanding Environmental Education Program, Iowa Association of Naturalists Iowa Conservation Education Council.

Here are a couple responses from teachers who attended the 2011 Festival:

Sally Oldham, IA Christian Academy:  “Our 1st year, how fun, well worth the drive. Great day! Very organized, Thankful for the guides! Wonderful field trip to participate in. Thank you!”

Lindsay Schroeder, Kirkwood Elementary: “So well organized, great volunteers, variety of activities, love the shirts and other ‘stuff’, sure hope we can come back next year! Thank you for doing this! I just can’t put into words how much our students loved the day. Our guide was great!”

Interested in learning how your classroom can participate?  Each fall, registration information is sent to all fifth grade teachers in Iowa. Information is also posted on the Festival website, www.iowachildrenswaterfestival.org.

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