Conservation Halton and Halton Region will be co-hosting the sixth annual Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) from September 27 to 30, 2011. The festival educates children about water, one of the world’s most precious resources, and is once again being held outdoors at the picturesque Kelso Conservation Area in Milton. Registration for this year’s Festival is now open and I encourage teachers to sign their classes up through the website located at www.hcwf.ca .
The Festival has grown every year since it began in 2006. Grade two students were added in 2007, and the Festival expanded from three to four days in 2008. Attendance has also risen from 3,000 students in 2006 to an anticipated 4,200 students in 2011. After this year’s Festival, approximately 17,000 elementary school students will have had the opportunity to become environmental stewards while learning about water and the value of protecting and preserving it.
The Festival is co-hosted by Conservation Halton and Halton Region in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, The City of Burlington, The Town of Halton Hills, The Town of Milton and The Town of Oakville. This year, I once again have the pleasure of serving as one of the Festival’s Honorary Co-Chairs along with Conservation Halton Chairman John Vice.
Students will have a unique opportunity to learn about water in a fun and interactive way while covering Ontario curriculum requirements. The festival features nearly 60 curriculum-based, hands-on activity centres that incorporate four central water related themes:
- Water Science and Technology
- Water Conservation and Protection
- Water Health and Safety
- Water and Society
The Festival is a community partnership that depends on over 150 volunteers each day to assist with various activities. Each year, Halton high school students, staff from partner organizations and community volunteers all generously offer their time, while gaining experience with community outreach, public speaking, teaching, and time management. Residents and community groups who would like to volunteer this year can contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833.
The Festival is offered to Halton schools at a cost of $4 per child, which includes a full day at the Festival as well as transportation to and from the event. To learn more about the Halton Children’s Water Festival, please visit www.hcwf.ca .
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