Congratulations Fletcher Elementary 4th, 5th, and 6th grade artists on winning a naturalist program as a World Water Day prize!

World Water Day was initiated by the United Nations in 1992 to highlight the water crisis facing so many populations around the world. The 2019 UN International theme for World Water Day, ‘Leaving No One behind’, is based on Sustainable Development Goal #6, which ensures availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. For the local World Water Day entries, a general theme of “water” is acceptable.

“Champlain Basin Education Initiative partners host this event annually to feature the efforts of teachers and students to improve waterways and understand the pollution issues they face,” said Colleen Hickey, CBEI partner from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Entries can be as simple as photographs about raising salmon or trout in their classroom to poems or journal entries about water, or highlighting a community project focused on water. The involvement of art, music, history, science or technology teachers allows many forms of student work to be featured.

“We realized that the CBEI partnership provides training about watershed issues for teachers, but featuring student work in a public setting helps validate and celebrate their efforts with community members,” said Hickey. Examples of awards for class participation may include boat rides, field naturalist visits to local schools, or classroom resources.

Laura Hollowell who has worked as a naturalist with the Vermont State Parks, Green Mountain Audubon, and The Nature Conservancy and currently works for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, coordinating the Resource Room at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will be visiting FES thanks to our awesome artists!

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