Maria Montessori School invites community to May 12 Water Fair
By Rachel Leon
Maria Montessori School is holding a Water Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 12, on the school grounds, 4704 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford. The event is free and open to the public.
Elementary students at Maria Montessori School have spent the last four months raising money to build a well in South Sudan. A Water Fair will be held to raise money and awareness about the importance of clean water in our lives.
The event will be similar to a festival/outdoor fun fair with free entertainment and educational activities. The Nevenhoven family will be providing free tennis clinics, and there will be free blood pressure screenings. The event will also feature live music by David Stocker and Matt Losey.
Thanks to a generous grant the school received from Hamilton Sundstrand, a free educational booth will feature student-made projects, a hands-on activity and educational materials. Topics include the water cycle, water conservation, water pollution and contaminants, and the importance of drinking water for your health. Visitors will be encouraged to take the water-carrying challenge. South Sudanese children walk miles to get water, often carrying the filled water jugs on their heads. Jugs of water will be available for visitors to simulate the experience.
Water games will require tickets and include a water balloon relay, a fishing pond, squirt gun target match, a dunk tank and more. A cake pop walk, put on by third-grader Eli Stoneberg, will also be held.
JustGoods and Wonderland Books will be on-site vendors. The elementary students have also made many items that will be available for purchase. Student-made items include crocheted potholders, duct-tape items, all-natural dog biscuits, notecards, scarves, magazines, beady buddies, jewelry and vegetable plants.
Food will be available for purchase, or visitors can feel free to bring a picnic. Food items that will be available include vegetarian and meat sub sandwiches, bananas, Girl Scout cookies, baked goods, popcorn and chips. Starbucks coffee will also be available for purchase, and water will be provided for free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. A limited number of reusable water bottles will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.montessoriwaterproject.com.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Water for South Sudan, visit www.waterforsouthsudan.org.
From the May 9-15, 2012, issue
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