LGSC is a proud sponsor and contributor to the Children’s Water Festival hosted each year by the St. Lawrence River Institute.
The purpose of the program is to educate young people about the value and fragility of our water resources.
The Festival features approximately 30 hands-on Water Discovery Centers that address five different water related themes:
- Water Conservation,
- Water Protection,
- Water Attitude,
- Water Technology, and
- Water Science.
Within these themes, a variety of other issues are presented such as: groundwater and wells; septic systems; hydropower; contaminants in rivers and lakes; and invasive species. The stations are designed to be hands on, minds on, with an environmental flavor for the elementary students
The 2018 Spencerville Children’s Water Festival was held on May 10thand 11th. There were some 324 elementary (Grades 3, 4 and 5) on May 10thand 307 on May 11thfrom schools in Leeds-Grenville attending over the two days. 631 in total split into small groups and accompanied by their teachers and parents.
The volunteers on May 10th were South Grenville District High School and on May 11th Athens District High School. The volunteers run most of stations, explaining to the grade 3's, 4's and 5's the environmental purpose their stations.
In addition to those stations provided by the St Lawrence River Institute, Edwardsburg/Cardinal Public Library, South Nation Conservation Authority, Ontario Power Generation and, for the second time, Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council each had a station.
In addition to a financial donation, LGSC had volunteers on hand during the two days. Dave Robertson and Cliff Rogers have worked hard to perfect the LGSC station. It is a very popular attraction demonstrating transpiration, guaranteed to soak all the participants.
The St Lawrence River Institute run three of these festivals each year. Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council and South Nation Conservation Authority partner with the River Institute for the Spencerville event. A board member from each Upper Canada and Catholic boards have been invited to attend. In addition Mayors and other dignitaries have been invited.
For more information contact: Dave Robertson