As part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s effort to promote water conservation, local schools were asked if they would like to participate in an art contest that would help teach children the value of drinking water. Kids were asked to focus on some of the following water-conservation tips and tricks:
• Shutting off the tap when brushing your teeth and using a cup to rinse.
• Taking shorter showers or a bath with the tub only filled halfway.
• Keeping a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid running taps until water is cool.
• Checking for leaks in your yard and home, repairing any leaking taps/toilets, etc.
Last week, the TNRD received artwork from Raft River Elementary’s Grade 2 (Mrs. Cooke) and Grade 4 (Ms. Gormley) classes, and Utility Services staff picked a winner and runner-up from each class. The art work was quite well done and the TNRD hopes to use some of the art work in future water conservation materials.
Grade 2: Brook-Lynn Fowler and runner up, Mia Thompson.Grade 4: Hailey Irvine and runner up, Eli Priede.
Each winner received a water conservation kit, a $50 gift card from Toys “R” Us, a TNRD refillable water bottle, and a certificate of participation. Runners-up received water conservation kits, TNRD refillable water bottles and certificates of participation.
All students and teachers who participated received a certificate of participation and a refillable TNRD water bottle. Teachers were also given water conservation kits for future lessons.
The TNRD thoroughly enjoyed the program and hopes to run it again in the future.