April 16, 2021 – About 800 kindergartners from a dozen local schools were captivated by an engaging story about the water cycle read by Rowland Water District’s Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Brittnie Van De Car.

Van De Car read the story of “Little Raindrop,” which traces the journey from sky to land and back again, in two virtual sessions on Zoom. The Friday school program is organized by kindergarten teachers in Rowland Unified School District. The readings typically involve the authors of children’s books; Van De Car was the first reader selected from the community.

“This was a great opportunity to expand our virtual learning resources,” Van De Car said. “I loved sharing about Little Raindrop’s adventures and being able to teach our youngest customers about the water cycle and the wonders of the natural world.”

The teachers shared the children’s questions, which included “How did your schooling help prepare you for your job?” “Do you like to read?” and “What’s Your Favorite Book?” Van De Car’s answer to the last question: “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park, which she used for this year’s Mini Science Challenge for upper elementary students.

RWD has expanded its free virtual education tools to continue providing resources to teachers and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual tours, presentations, activities, videos and a Water Education At-Home Toolkit are available at www.rowlandwater.com/education.

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