CRD Water Services Launches Water Learning Resource for High School Students

Oct 22, 2008

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Water Services is pleased to announce the second phase in its successful water learning resource. ‘Water in Our Community’ will give Grades 8-12 students in School Districts 61, 62 and 63 (Greater Victoria, Sooke and Saanich) the opportunity to learn about the importance of clean, safe drinking water, conservation strategies and environmentally sustainable practices in the Capital Region. This new resource builds on the CRD’s first phase of the program ‘Every Drop Counts’, a learning resource for Grade 2 students.

The 15 lesson plan learning resource, ‘Water in Our Community’ is designed to complement the Ministry of Education curriculum for Grades 8-12 students in English, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music and drama. School Districts 61, 62 and 63 participated by providing teachers to help design the program and by encouraging teachers to attend workshops on how to use the guide. “It was invaluable to have the input of school districts and teachers,” continued Blackwell. “Our program development included two teachers from each district, who formed an advisory committee, and a pilot program to evaluate the learning resource in the classroom setting.”

“Water in Our Community will give a head start to our next generation of environmental stewards,” said CRD Board Chair Denise Blackwell. “This program will give students the knowledge and passion to practice sustainability, using local examples to show the importance of water conservation and drinking water protection.”

“This teaching resource will extend far beyond the classroom,” said Regional Water Supply Commission Chair Nils Jensen. “To facilitate learning, we’ll be providing students with take home materials so that parents can take part in the learning experience.” Using local maps, household guides to water efficiency and CRD water wise products parents can join their children in learning more about our region’s water and how to use it wisely.

The learning resource will work in tandem with other CRD water conservation programs, reinforcing the need for good environmental stewardship of this precious resource.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308

Nils Jensen, Chair
CRD Regional Water Supply Commission
Tel: 250.370.2635