Keep Splash Stormwater Education in Elk Grove Schools
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This spring, nearly 600 Elk Grove elementary students explored nearby wetlands, learned science, and discovered their role in protecting water quality with Sacramento Splash. Our 5th graders at Carroll Elementary were among these lucky 600.
We watched the kids in our classes light up and engage fully in Splash's award-winning program, "Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Vernal Pools" which integrates a 13-lesson, standards-based science curriculum with a hands-on field trip to the Mather Field Vernal Pools. The program brought science to life and turned our students into community ambassadors for protecting water and habitat where they live.
This amazing opportunity was made possible thanks to funding from the Elk Grove Public Works Department (or more accurately, from the drainage fees collected by the City from the residents of Elk Grove.)
We were heartbroken to learn that the Elk Grove Public Works Department has denied a contract to Splash to provide stormwater education to Elk Grove schools in 2017-18.
Unless we make our voices heard and the Elk Grove City Council reverses this decision, no student within the Elk Grove city limits will benefit from this inspiring program. Meanwhile, hundreds of Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) students in the City of Sacramento, City of Rancho Cordova, and unincorporated Sacramento County will continue to participate.
Each of these municipalities meets their regulatory obligation to provide classroom stormwater education with a simple, fee-for-service contract with Splash. There is no reason why the City of Elk Grove should not do the same.
Please sign this petition to keep high-quality science and stormwater education in our Elk Grove schools. Thank you for your support.
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