Varnett Public School Southwest won third place and a $125 check for a water conservation project conducted by last year’s fifth-graders.
The “Water Detective” contest, sponsored by the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, took place in the 2015-16 school year. For this project, the subsidence district donated water conservation kits to the students. The kits included high-efficiency shower heads, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, shower timers, toilet flush water savers, water flow diverters and digital thermometers, said Ms. Shiella Fort-David, a fifth -grade science teacher.
The fifth-grade families had to apply or install the items and keep track of how much water they saved over a two-week period. They also took a quiz on what they learned while parents completed surveys describing what items they liked the most.
“We had an 89 percent return,” Ms. Fort-David said, far exceeding the 70 percent participation rate required for the project.
This year’s fifth-graders have embarked on the same project, she said. “They gave us another year and we have about an 84 percent return rate.”
The detective program is an interactive curriculum aimed at fourth- and fifth-grade students to help them learn the importance of water conservation.
“The need for educating our children about the importance of water conservation — and, just as important, showing them specific ways to conserve — is a critical component to ensuring our future water supply,” the subsidence district said.