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Published April 22, 2009, 01:32 PM

More than 500 4th graders to attend water festival

On Wednesday, April 29, more than 500 4th grade students from Douglas County will participate in the 16th annual Kids’ Water Festival at the Runestone Community Center.

On Wednesday, April 29, more than 500 4th grade students from Douglas County will participate in the 16th annual Kids’ Water Festival at the Runestone Community Center.

This year, a T-shirt logo contest was held in which students were asked to submit a logo design. The Kids’ Water Festival committee announced that the winner is Sarah Finley, a student at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria.

The purpose of the event is to help students understand the importance of water resources and how to maintain water quality. Students will have the opportunity to attend a presentation by the Minnesota Science Museum and participate in water resource stations to learn about such things as wells and well-drilling, how the water gets to the house, how to determine what is good water and bad water, septic systems, and protecting surface and ground water.

Besides the educational aspects of the festival, the students are also exposed to a variety of professions or jobs associated with the environment. Station presenters are 3M engineers, high school science teachers, county Extension educators, and individuals who work for the Department of Natural Resources, Soil/Water Conservation Department, Pollution Control Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Parents, community adults, the Jefferson High School Junior Viking Sportsmen, and Golden K members will serve as volunteers during the festival. Funding for the event has been contributed from local businesses and service organizations.

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