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Youngsters learn important lesson in conservation

September 7, 2007

Blakely--  You've probably heard the expression '"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."  We'll that's exactly what Georgia Pacific was trying to do with they came up with the idea for the Water Ways Festival.  "By educating these 4th and 5th graders today, we make them a more informed citizen and more productive tomorrow," says organizer Celia Bostwick.

Three hundred 4th and 5th graders from Early County Elementary school gathered at Kolomoki State Park to learn about water, something many of them hadn't thought much about before.  "It was interesting because I didn't know a lot about water at first," says 5th grader Jacory Ward.  His classmate Kvon Smith adds, "Before I thought you drink water you bathe in water."

But that all changed today. In addition to uses of water, the kids learned about water in weather, and water safety.  "They've been teaching us about safety on boating, in the lake and in the pool and everything," says 5th grader Brooke Paulk.  Even some hands on fun with water and wildlife.

But considering the state of Georgia's water resources right now, perhaps the most important lesson about water is how to conserve it.  "They got real examples about how they could help like brushing their teeth, turning the water off and those kinds of things and I think they'll take it home to parents and talk to them about it," says Chris Loyed, a teacher at Early County Elementary.

They're already eager to talk about what they've learned.  "We should keep it clean and we should drink it everyday. We should drink a lot of water to keep ourselves healthy," Paulk says.  

"I know I'm going to do better with water now because I learned of things that water helps us do," says Smith.   It's a lesson we could all afford to learn again. 

Georgia Pacific hopes their pilot year for the Water Ways Festival will be adopted all over the state.




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