Groundwater Festival set to draw more than 400 fourth graders

Posted: Monday, 27 April 2015

TROY - More than 400 fourth graders from Pike County will take part in the Pike County Groundwater Festival at Troy University on Wednesday.

The theme for the event is "Be a Water Hero." The students will attend three classes, "Edible Aquifer," "Water Bracelet," and "Drop in the Bucket," each that demonstrates a water quality principle, said Janet Gaston, assistant to the dean of the College of Art and Sciences who coordinates the event. In addition to classroom demonstrations, the students will hear presentations from Alabama PALS and the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sponsors for the annual festival, held first in 2002, are Troy University, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy Partners in Environmental Education, Choctawhatchee Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, City of Brundidge, City of Troy, Lockheed Martin, Pike County Extension Office, Pike County Soil & Water Conservation District, Alabama PALS, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Participating in the event will be students from Pike County Elementary, Goshen Elementary, Banks School, Troy Elementary, Pike Liberal Arts, New Life Christian Academy.