Groundwater Festival ‘springs for better water’

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2011

TROY—Some 500 Pike County fourth graders will visit Troy University on April 27 for the ninth annual Pike County Groundwater Festival.

The University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and others in the College of Arts and Sciences will host the event in the Math and Science Complex on the Troy Campus.

The students will be representing some 19 classes from Banks School, Goshen Elementary, New Life Christian Academy, Pike County Elementary, Pike Liberal Arts School and Troy Elementary, said Janet Gaston, a health professions advisor who helps coordinate the activity.

“In addition to the presentations of ‘Edible Aquifer,’ ‘Water Bracelet,’ and ‘Drop in a Bucket,’ the students will have a chance to visit an Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) booth to learn ways to keep our neighborhoods and communities litter free,” she said.

A t-shirt design competition is incorporated into the festival, and this year’s winning design by fourth-grader Charlotte Lee of Banks School is featured on the festival’s t-shirt.

Students from the Charles Henderson High School Environmental Club will join Troy University Environmental Club students to serve as volunteer escorts for the attendees. Funding and in-kind support for the festivals come from grants provided by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy® Partners in Environmental Education, Wal-Mart DC7019, Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Pike County Water Authority, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, FoodWorld, Alabama PALS, Pike County Extension Office, City of Brundidge, City of Troy, and the University.

An awards ceremony will conclude the festival highlighting artwork winners, participating students and teachers, and sponsors.

Sullivan Award

Students from schools in Pike County visit Troy University last year during the Pike County Groundwater Festival, scheduled this year for Wednesday. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)