In observation of World Water Day, which is Saturday, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Young Elementary School in Decatur carried buckets of water for about a mile through the outdoor learning center and around the school Friday.
“One of the objectives of World Water Day is to make people aware that not everyone has access to water at the drop of a hat like we do in the U.S.,” fifth-grade science teacher Tammy Rainey said. “We tried to teach our students that some kids in third-world countries have to make a choice between going to school or getting water for their families. Many of them are forced to do the latter. We tried to mimic what that feels like with this activity.”
Students discovered it wasn’t as easy as they thought it would be. As they traversed rough terrain, water spilled and grass, leaves, bugs and weeds ended up in their pails.
“They have a better appreciation for how clean their water is,” Rainey said.
The water was drawn from a spigot at the school, and after the students finished their walk, it was used to water the trees around the school.
“It didn’t go to waste.”