TROY – More than 500 fourth graders will find a slice of college life Wednesday at the 6th Annual Pike County Groundwater Festival.
The Festival seeks to educate students and their families about all aspects of water and other related natural resources and to instill in them a general environmental awareness and stewardship ethic. In addition to support from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy and the University, local organizations such as the cities of Brundidge and Troy, Wal-Mart Dc 7019, Sanders Lead, BFI, Lockheed Martin, The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sodexho, the Troy University Environmental Club, the Alabama Water Environmental Federation, Mayfield Ice Cream, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and various other donors have provided funding to make sure the fourth graders in Pike County continue their exposure to water quality issues.
Events will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Math and Science Complex and include “Edible Aquifer” with Dr. Neil Billington, “Drop in the Bucket” with Mark Sport and “Water Bracelet” with Rachael Koigi, according to Mike Mullen, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and one of the event’s organizers.
An awards ceremony will be conducted from 10:15 a.m. until 10:40 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater, during which Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Bill Richardson and Dr. Glen Cohen, chair of TROY’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences will welcome the students and teachers to the University. Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford is scheduled to announce the winners of an art competition conducted for the festival, Mullen said.