Dowell, LaBelle Elementary Classes Win waterSmart ‘Rain Barrel of Fun’ Conservation Contest

waterSmart, a conservation education campaign initiated by Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA), congratulates two Cobb County elementary school classes for their outstanding achievement in its Rain Barrel of Fun contest ­­­­­– an annual competition supported by CCMWA and Cobb County Water System that challenges students to decorate rain barrels while learning about the importance of water conservation.

A third-grade class at Dowell Elementary – led by Lindsey Tyus, Lynn Sullivan, and Barbara Nalley – received the most votes from the judges and was honored with the Supreme Rain barrel Award. The rain barrel featured bright and colorful flowers representing the types of potted plants that will benefit from the barrel’s water.

The Junior Water Warriors Award went to Heather Soucy’s second-grade class at LaBelle Elementary for the students’ efforts to teach others about conservation. The classmates created a series of podcasts, which were later turned into a video and broadcast to the entire school on its closed circuit television network.

“We are excited to provide an interactive learning platform for students in Cobb County,” said Becky Mixon, waterSmart’s program director. “Both teachers and students showed enthusiasm and creativity in their approach to learning and sharing the value of water conservation.”

More than 150 children from eight school groups and scout troops in Cobb County participated, with only one month allotted to concept and decorate the barrels. Supplies were donated by Cobb County Water System.

The panel of judges for the 2012 Rain barrel of Fun contest included Board of Education representative Alison Bartlett; Jenny Hoffner of American Rivers; and Walter Reeves, Georgia’s gardening expert and host of Your Southern Garden on GPB.

Information courtesy of Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority