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Kerry Schwartz – Phone 520.235.9647, Email
Crystal Thompson, Phone 602-321-9349, Email

Casa Grande, Arizona - On February 19th, Casa Grande’s 700 fourth graders will gather at the soccer fields outside Mesquite Elementary to learn about Arizona’s water resources during the Casa Grande Water Festival.

Volunteers from local businesses and organizations, such as Abbott Laboratories, Arizona Public Service Company, Central Arizona Project, Kohl’s Pima County Cooperative Extension and Americorps will teach lessons about groundwater flow, the water cycle, watershed management, and water conservation.

Funded by generous donations from the Pepsico /The Nature Conservancy Recycling partnership, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Project and Pinal County Arizona Project WET’s founding sponsor the Abbott Fund, the event is part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) water-themed unit that provides interactive learning experiences for both teachers and students in the Casa Grande Elementary School District.

The program began a year ago in the fall with two professional development workshops for the 4th grade teachers that modeled pre- and post-festival lessons and demonstrated 21st century instruction. A participating teacher, Thelma Whaling said this about the workshop, “I gained a plethora of knowledge for teaching about water and water conservation. I very much appreciated the tools (book and lessons plans) we received to teach about water. Attending the training gave me the tools I needed to bring back the knowledge to my classroom.”

Created by Arizona Project WET and implemented in Casa Grande through the Pinal County Cooperative Extension Program, Arizona Water Festivals have reached over 77,000 students statewide since the year 2000. The program is grant-funded and relies on the support of local sponsors, such as utilities and local businesses that support effective K-12 water science education.

Arizona Project WET is a program of the Water Resources Research Center and Arizona Cooperative Extension both part of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is recognized by the Project WET Foundation for excellent state-specific water education resources including the Arizona Conserve Water Educators’ Guide, School Water Audit Program, and Water Scene Investigations.