Stratford Water Week – MAY 12 -17

Building on the success of Stratford’s Water School, the Town of Stratford has designated May 12 – 17 as Stratford Water Week. Several events will take place during the week including a rain barrel giveaway, the announcement of a toilet rebate program and the tremendously successful Stratford Water School.

In 2008 the Town of Stratford began providing Water Conservation Education to Grade 5 students from Stratford Elementary. Due to the program’s success, a decision was made in 2011 to expand the program, known as “Waters Cool!”, to include watershed education. Since 2011, Kelley Arnold, Watershed Coordinator with the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG), and Billy Ramsay, water technician with the Town of Stratford, have taught over 300 grade 5 students about their local environment and water resources.

“We are proud to support this worthwhile endeavor,” said SAWIG president Winston Maund, “these youth return home with the knowledge that their actions have a lasting impact on their local water supply and watersheds”.

Water School, also referred to as “Waters Cool!”, is a day-long field trip to the Stratford Town Centre that introduces students to water conservation and various aspects of watersheds, including the water cycle, groundwater, wetlands, forestry and buffer zones, in an interactive and activity-based environment. Students leave the day excited about their environment, and are ready to share and put their new knowledge to work.

This year students attending the “Waters Cool!” program will also receive an Acadian Forest field guide specifically developed for youth. This booklet will include information on the importance, unique characteristics and species of the Acadian forest. Developed by SAWIG and made possible through funding from Telus and TD Greenstreets, the guide will encourage learning about the local forests in a fun and family-oriented manner.

The “Waters Cool!” program has received very positive feedback from teachers, parents, and students; therefore the Town has decided to expand the program to include one evening session. On Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, a special class will be offered to let the rest of us get in on the fun. If interested in attending please contact Kim at 569-6921 or email kdudley@townofstratford.ca to reserve your spot. Participants will receive a condensed version of the action-packed sessions and will gain a sense of why the grade 5 students refer to Stratford Water School as the “best day of the year”.

In addition to the “Waters Cool!” sessions happening all week, on Saturday, May 17th from 8 – 11am, during the Kaleidoscope’s pancake breakfast, the Town of Stratford will have a booth set up for residents to learn about water conservation programs taking place in the town and view interactive displays. Residents will also be able to pick up rain barrels and find out more about the upcoming toilet rebate program.

“The Town of Stratford is committed to respecting and protecting our natural environment and resources. Stratford Water Week will bring attention to the importance of conservation and the need for every resident to do their part in ensuring our environment is healthy and protected for future generations,” said Stratford Mayor David Dunphy.”

For more information please contact:

Kim Dudley, Community Engagement Coordinator
569-6921, email kdudley@townofstratford.ca

or

Kelley Arnold, Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group
367-3605, email karnold@townofstratford.ca

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Stratford Water Week – MAY 12 -17

Building on the success of Stratford’s Water School, the Town of Stratford has designated May 12 – 17 as Stratford Water Week. Several events will take place during the week including a rain barrel giveaway, the announcement of a toilet rebate program and the tremendously successful Stratford Water School.

In 2008 the Town of Stratford began providing Water Conservation Education to Grade 5 students from Stratford Elementary. Due to the program’s success, a decision was made in 2011 to expand the program, known as “Waters Cool!”, to include watershed education. Since 2011, Kelley Arnold, Watershed Coordinator with the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG), and Billy Ramsay, water technician with the Town of Stratford, have taught over 300 grade 5 students about their local environment and water resources.

“We are proud to support this worthwhile endeavor,” said SAWIG president Winston Maund, “these youth return home with the knowledge that their actions have a lasting impact on their local water supply and watersheds”.

Water School, also referred to as “Waters Cool!”, is a day-long field trip to the Stratford Town Centre that introduces students to water conservation and various aspects of watersheds, including the water cycle, groundwater, wetlands, forestry and buffer zones, in an interactive and activity-based environment. Students leave the day excited about their environment, and are ready to share and put their new knowledge to work.

This year students attending the “Waters Cool!” program will also receive an Acadian Forest field guide specifically developed for youth. This booklet will include information on the importance, unique characteristics and species of the Acadian forest. Developed by SAWIG and made possible through funding from Telus and TD Greenstreets, the guide will encourage learning about the local forests in a fun and family-oriented manner.

The “Waters Cool!” program has received very positive feedback from teachers, parents, and students; therefore the Town has decided to expand the program to include one evening session. On Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, a special class will be offered to let the rest of us get in on the fun. If interested in attending please contact Kim at 569-6921 or email kdudley@townofstratford.ca to reserve your spot. Participants will receive a condensed version of the action-packed sessions and will gain a sense of why the grade 5 students refer to Stratford Water School as the “best day of the year”.

In addition to the “Waters Cool!” sessions happening all week, on Saturday, May 17th from 8 – 11am, during the Kaleidoscope’s pancake breakfast, the Town of Stratford will have a booth set up for residents to learn about water conservation programs taking place in the town and view interactive displays. Residents will also be able to pick up rain barrels and find out more about the upcoming toilet rebate program.

“The Town of Stratford is committed to respecting and protecting our natural environment and resources. Stratford Water Week will bring attention to the importance of conservation and the need for every resident to do their part in ensuring our environment is healthy and protected for future generations,” said Stratford Mayor David Dunphy.”

For more information please contact:

Kim Dudley, Community Engagement Coordinator
569-6921, email kdudley@townofstratford.ca

or

Kelley Arnold, Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group
367-3605, email karnold@townofstratford.ca

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