District Employee Partners with Local Educator
To Create Fun, Hands-On Learning Tool for Area Students
(March 5, 2018) – The Wonderful World of Water, a creative classroom presentation that focuses on the importance of water conservation, is now available to area third graders throughout the District. The illustrated story was written by Brittnie Van De Car, Public Affairs Representative for Rowland Water District, and Joan Strasser-Durrin, an educator at Rowland Elementary School.
“We developed this story because we felt our third-grade curriculum was lacking in this critical subject area of water conservation,” explains Van De Car. “We wanted it to be as hands on as possible, and we are so excited to finally present this fun and educational tale to area schoolchildren.”
The Wonderful World of Water centers on the fictional characters Wendy Water Wise and Wally Water Drop. As the pair falls from the sky one day, they meet Trevor the Tortoise, who provides them with important, yet often overlooked water conservation tips such as taking shorter showers and fixing broken sprinklers.
“In order to make the story fun for these students, we created some adorable illustrations which we felt would truly bring these loveable, imaginary characters to life and also help to round out this engaging story,” Van De Car continues.
The two-day in-class presentation includes a conservation lesson, coloring, science, and journal activities, a word search, vocabulary worksheet, and a chart that allows students to track their own water use. Hundreds of area children are expected to benefit from this program annually.
“Rowland Water is so pleased to see our impact in the classroom first hand,” says General Manager Tom Coleman. “This project has been a labor of love for Brittnie and we are extremely proud to see the end result received so positively by teachers, students and families in and around our community.”
For educators interested in bringing The Wonderful World of Water to their school, contact Brittnie Van De Car at (562) 697-1726. To learn more about Rowland Water District, visit the District’s website at www.rowlandwater.com