Sadly, summer vacation is ending and the school bell is ringing. Starting today and within the next two weeks all the local school systems will be back in session. Commerce City students start today. Jackson County begins on Monday, July 30th. At least Madison, Oconee and Barrow counties start in August…August 1st to be exact. Oglethorpe and Clarke Counties are the last to start with August 6th and 7th start dates respectively.
Before we jump right into classroom visits, tours, Little Lily’s Pad Hop, and science nights we would like to take a look back on our summer. We had a VERY busy summer, teaching over 750 campers all about water. A big THANK YOU to all of the groups who invited us to share water activities with their campers. We had a splash!
We spent a good amount of time with the YWCO girls camp. These campers were energetic, funny, and always willing to learn. We taught 5-14 year olds all about water. Some acted out water charades while others learned about the physical properties of water.
We collaborated with our friends at ACC Stormwater to teach Sandy Creek Park and Nature Center campers. How do you educate and entertain 90 campers? Remember, it is summer camp so we have to have fun! Well, we used parachutes. We used a parachute and water molecules to demonstrate that water can exist in three different states (solid, liquid, and gas). Stormwater used the parachute to show how difficult it is to remove pollutants from the water.
Teens in Action, an ACC Leisure Services camp, offers teens a chance to volunteer in the community. This great group of kids helped us to prepare for the Athens Water Festival and Little Lily’s Pad Hop. They also painted WATER on our big blue wavy guy…I think they named him skinny blue.
Tours, tours, and more tours! We hosted eights tours this summer at the Drinking Water Treatment Plant and Water Reclamation Facility. Athens First United Methodist, YWCO, and Athens Land Trust campers all learned the secret recipe to turning river water into clean drinking water. Memorial Park and Sandy Creek Nature Center campers learned where the water goes when you flush the toilet!
In addition to these camps, we visited several kids through the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program. We tested out a plinko water drop trivia game and they loved it!
Wishing all of our campers the best in the new school year! We will look for you on field trips or visits to your classroom. And remember, Conserve: WATER U waiting 4?