Elementary School Science Students Tackle Water Conservation

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Marguerite Greene

The Fuquay-Varina Kiwanis Club was more than willing to provide local elementary school students the opportunity to present their learning. The Kiwanis mission statement, “dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time”, matches the Wake County Schools’ mission. In addition, the Fuquay-Varina Kiwanis Club supports local schools in a variety of ways:

  • Provide literacy volunteers
  • Support FVHS Key Club’s holiday events for elementary students
  • Sponsoring the FVHS Key Club
  • Provide FVHS Key Club Scholarships
  • As well as supporting MMIA’s Inclusive Prom

Picture7The Ballentine Elementary 4th graders shared their Water Wise project with the Fuquay-Varina Kiwanis Club at their last meeting.  The event showcased 4th grade learning of Geograpy and Science Standards: Explain the impact that human activity has on the availability of our natural resource water in North Carolina.

Picture6Picture5Picture3Picture2Picture1Project based learning is a flexible teaching method that is used to teach all academic content areas. The students anchored this project around a problem they saw in our own community. The problem: how to support the growth of our towns and how population growth impacts our resource water.

IMG_2078Students read articles about rivers, water distribution and pollution. The children learned from interviewing experts, and working with the Fuquay-Varina Public Works Director, Jay Meyer, and Randy Senzig, former Fuquay-Varina High School Biology Teacher and the Board Chair of the Center for Human and Earth Restoration.

IMG_2074In this “Water Wise,” projects students created solutions to conserve water and ways to decrease how we pollute bodies of water that supply our drinking water. The teacher, Kathy Wall, Ballentine Elementary WCPSS said “It was amazing to watch the students apply math skills to help explain their projects as they made drawings of the map of North Carolina to show the cities along the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers. They also calculated the amount of water a family uses daily and how much water and money they could save over time thru conservation efforts.”

IMG_2073The driving reason behind the project was to engage students, becoming aware of how our local towns needed to plan for population growth and have a supply of water for citizens. Students also became aware of exactly where their drinking water comes from as well as water quality concerns on the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers.  As problem solvers they decided to educate their community about where their drinking water comes from and how having safe water improves the quality of life for citizens.

IMG_2069Students decided to complete water conservation projects in teams of four. Teams decided to inform others on ways to conserve and protect our water systems. Conservation Teams each chose different topics. Teams chose turning off the water when you brush your teeth, taking 5 min showers, and making sure that toilets and faucets don’t leak or waste water. Two groups chose to protect water by not polluting and reducing the amount of plastics we use. One team chose using reusable water bottles and another team chose refusing plastic straws and using reusable straws. In addition students conducted water quality projects and now understand that we should make responsible choices when adding to our water. Everyday items like soap and toothpastes can contribute to water quality.

IMG_2065During the project students learned about career opportunities that revolve around water such as water resource engineering, biologist, and careers in environmental science.

IMG_2064The teacher, Kathy Wall, was amazing to hear students say, “I want to be an engineer, or I feel like a real scientist.” One student said to her, “Mrs. Wall you should be a river keeper.” What a great statement. Shouldn’t we all be river keepers? Protecting your right to use and enjoy healthy water and having access to clean water makes communities a better place to live, work, and play!”

IMG_2061Students Attending Kiwanis: Isaac Aguirre Reyna, Abril Alvarado Laureano, Destiny Arrington, Jack Barbulescu, Cameron Beaulieu, Kiera Byrne, Rachel Cunningham, Courtney Eckberg, Currin Howard, Kaia Johnson, Alexis Lacell, Gabby Rocha, Andrew Gertler, Grant Overman

Additional Students Collaborating on Projects:Unable to attend
Aaron Amaya Fuentes,Daniel Baker, Kyle Fox, Dakota Hall, Evelin Reyes Ortiz, Julia Ryce, Samory Taylor, Angelina Whelan, Khiley Horse, Anthony Zampino

IMG_2066What better place for student to feel support in their community than the Fuquay-Varina Kiwanis Club. It was definitely a winning learning situations for the students.

To learn more about joining the Fuquay-Varina Kiwanis Club contact Becky Medlin at 919 291-1353

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