Jessica Cleal from Cleveland High School.
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Rio Rancho Children's Water Festival
Water education at the elementary school level is an important component of the water conservation initiative for the City of Rio Rancho in order to create a sustainable water supply by improving water use efficiency by its citizens, encouraging water management, and promoting water conservation. Rio Rancho has approximately 1,400 fourth grade students. Most of these students receive little or no formal water resource education. The Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival improves the understanding of good water management principles by the students, teachers and parents who participate in this festival. The 2012 Festival reached 1,357 students, 100% of Rio Rancho fourth grade students and teachers through this annual two-day event. The next Festival is scheduled for October 28 and 29, 2013 at the Santa Ana Star Center.
The principal focus of the Festival is to educate fourth grade school children about water and its relationship to human and other natural resources in a fun and interactive atmosphere. The program vision is to:
- Introduce students and teachers to new ideas, options and solutions so they will conserve and protect water for the future,
-Lay the foundation for further learning,
-Reach as many students and teachers as possible
The Festival has been designed specifically to introduce and explain new and unfamiliar water management tools to the present and future water users and managers. Research concerning water conservation education indicates the targeted group of the Festival, fourth grade students, is ideal for achieving long-term goals. Through sharing at home and with extended family, the expected 1,400 participants represent an ultimate audience of 10,000 to 15,000 people throughout the Festival program.
Adult outreach includes:
- Water with the Seasons and the Weather watering guide.
- Xeriscape landscape and water conservation printed materials.
- Water Wise Demonstration Garden next to Esther Bone Memorial Library at 950 Pinetree Road.
- The garden is a beautiful, living example of water wise and xeriscape principles and techniques.