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Georgia-Pacific presents Water Ways Festival

Shakiya Williams Shakiya Williams
Nicholas Williams Nicholas Williams

Blakely, GA (WALB) - More than 200 4th graders visited Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Early County Wednesday for a lesson on water.

The sixth annual Water Ways Festival promoted water awareness and conservation.

More than 70 percent of the Earth is covered with it, and up to 60 percent of our body is filled with it.

Sounds like more than enough reason to teach our young people about water.

"If you don't know about water then you won't know how to save it or you won't know how much you need of it," said 4th Grader Nicholas Williams.

Experts in 10 different fields spoke to 200 hundred Early County 4th graders today in Blakely.

"Learn to swim, never swim alone, and always wear your life jacket," said Park Ranger Kathy Mabry.

"I've learned about alligators. Learned that they can be really long like up to 15 feet. I learned about the cumulus stratus clouds," said 4th Grader Shakiya Williams.

And one of those experts was WALB's own Yolanda Amadeo.

"Actually I've been talking about all the different types of weather instruments that are used to collect weather data in order to come up with a forecast. Not only for the next 24 hours, but for the next seven days or so."

Amadeo says the future of WALB Weather could have been at the park Wednesday. "Some students, believe it or not, probably have an interest in weather and never realized hey there is possibly and career in it. That's something I want to do. I want to be a meteorologist some day."

And the students enjoyed the lessons so much, they want to go home and learn more.

"I know it takes 60 days for them to hatch so I'd like to learn how old can they live to be and all that stuff."

"I want to see how water was made and how people knew that water was good for you."

Amadeo says her favorite part was teaching the kids how to pronounce the different cloud names like cirrus and cumulonimbus.

Wednesday's event was organized and sponsored by Georgia-Pacific.

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