Students returning to class across Orange County will learn invaluable lessons about the value of water through a Municipal Water District of Orange County CHOICE program funded by more than 20 local agencies.
The elementary-school program, which will reach 80,000 students, is again led by the Discover Science Center Foundation, the award-winning organization that operates Science Cubes in Santa Ana and Los Angeles.
And new this year is a high school program, added at the urging of MWDOC member agencies. The Orange County Department of Education and The Ecology Center teamed up to train teachers and encourage students to live more water-wise. The program's goal for the first year was participation in 10 high schools -- 20 signed up.
Here's what students can look forward to, as told by the program leads themselves:
Discovery Science Foundation
By Sean Fitzgerald, DSF
This month marks the launch of a new approach to educating Orange County's youth as to the value of water and what they and their families can do to help address our ongoing drought conditions. Building on decades of commitment to education programming, MWDOC and its member agencies have again partnered with the Discovery Cube, though with a new and innovative approach for the coming school year.
Orange County Department of Education/
The Ecology Center
By Lori Kiesser, OCDE
The Water Effect is a student-led initiative that mobilizes teens to lead creative water conservation efforts. Students just like Katherine will be empowered, engaged, and educated on how they can take action to address local water issues, build community awareness, and lead conservation projects that create behavior change.