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Posted on: May 11, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Annual Children's Water Festival on Friday

2016 Childrens Water Festival

More than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Battle Creek area will learn about water protection, with the help of hands-on and other activities at tomorrow’s annual Children’s Water Festival.

Students will spend the morning and early afternoon at Kellogg Community College learning about water protection – in the past they’ve learned about how streams work – and listening to the music of Billy B, an environmental performer from Brooklyn, New York. Water quality professionals from across Michigan also will present to the group.

Teachers will receive a curriculum packet so their classes can continue to study water protection and all participants will receive a festival T-shirt.

“We are fortunate to have such a positive, collaborative partnership with the Battle Creek area school systems, to teach the youth of our community the importance of water resources,” said Tiffany Welsh, the city’s environmental and storm service manager. “Our water plays a vital role in our lives every day, and we want to spread the message that we need to take care of our environment.

“We want to thank the many sponsors, presenters, volunteers, teachers, and students who make this event possible.”

The event is hosted by the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center and the Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners, comprised of the City of Battle Creek; City of Springfield; Calhoun County Road Department; Calhoun County Water Resources Commission; Bedford, Emmett, Leroy, Newton, and Pennfield townships; the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center; Kellogg Community College; and Battle Creek area schools. The group collaborates on the common goal of protecting the area’s waterways.

May is Water Quality Awareness Month in Battle Creek. More information is available at

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