Environmental Awareness Campaign Through Documentary Video and in Home Water Audits for Elementary School Students

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Water Detectives - water conservation program for elementary school students

The Red Sand Foundation, Incorporated, a New Jersey based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization has been awarded a grant from the United Water Foundation- Harrington Park, NJ to focus on environmental awareness through documentary programming (The Conservation Channel) and it’s Water Detectives™ in home water audit program for elementary school students.

The core of this resource is the Water Detectives™ In Home Audit Form, which takes students on an investigative journey throughout their home. Students can work in teams and discuss ideas on how to conserve water in the home, and how conservation impacts the environment. The video will be produced to demonstrate the impact of water conservation on the environment and follow the students on their journey to save water in their own homes.

“Our goal is to inspire students to join in the conservation effort and become part of the Water Detectives™ team”, states Red Sand Foundation director John Aramian. “The content included in the Water Conservation Booklet that we have developed builds on basic science, math and social skills for students in elementary schools”.

Students are given the booklet and asked to use the In Home Audit Form to determine the amount of water they use each day for a week. After going through the first audit, they can bring their findings back into the classroom to discuss ways to save water in their homes. Then they perform the second audit and compare the results. United Water Senior Manager of Communications and Community Relations, Sonja Clark says, "This is a great program because it not only teaches water conservation but it allows the kids to participate as well.”

The program includes an eight page color Water Conservation Booklet with a tear out audit form, full size color posters for the school, a teachers guide, individualized certificates for the students upon completion of the audit and a web site (http://www.waterdetectives.org) for reference.

John Aramian (Red Sand Foundation, Incorporated)

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