Volunteers are needed to help with water festival in Apache Junction

On April 28, fourth-grade students and their teachers will explore and celebrate water at the fourth annual Apache Junction Water Festival.

Local students will gather for the festivities 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

Happening during Water Awareness Month and the day before Earth Day, the water festival provides an opportunity not only for students to learn, but also for the community to get involved.

On and around Earth Day, people of all ages and backgrounds come together to help better the environment.

More than 100 million schoolchildren around the world learn about the importance of clean air and water, including the students in Apache Junction, according to a press release.

The event includes four interactive areas: watersheds, groundwater, the water cycle and ways to conserve water. Each area is correlated to state standards and addresses crucial topics in water stewardship.  Facilitators hope instilling water conservation habits and appreciation in children’s lives will lead to a lifelong commitment to water stewardship.

The Water Resources Research Center and Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences coordinates Arizona Water Festivals throughout the state.

The water festival will be coordinated by the Apache Junction Water District, Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, Arizona Water Company and other local sponsors.

Volunteers from the water industry, local governments and the community make the water festival possible. Help is needed to set up, teach and clean up at the event.

Those interested in volunteering can register by contacting Chuck Dugan by e-mailing cld1@email.arizona.edu or calling 520-836-5221, ext. 210. Volunteers may also e-mail Andria Samuels at asamuels@ajcity.net or call her at 480-474-2620.

Arizona Water Festivals is recognized within the national network of Project WET, USA water education offices for the excellence of state-specific water education curricular resources it has produced, including Arizona Conserve Water.

For more information on water festivals, e-mail Mr. Dugan or visit the event website.

To learn more about Water Awareness Month, visit the event website.

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