Rain Barrel Contest Winners Announced

Rain Barrel Contest Winners Announced

Douglasville, GA – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County (CAC) was proud to partner with Douglasville/ Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority (WSA), and the Douglas County School System in order to spread a little fun and a little water education. Every school in the Douglas County School System received their very own rain barrel, courtesy of WSA. Each barrel came with an installation kit so students could learn about conserving water within their school.

Each school was tasked with decorating their rain barrel and to make it look incredible! Whether it was showing off their school spirit, hometown pride, love of nature, or appreciation of water the creativity was abound. The CAC hosted a contest on their Facebook page and the community was invited to cast their vote on their favorite rain barrels. One high school, one middle school, and one elementary school which garnered the most “likes” on their barrels won an awesome 5-in-1 weather station for their school. The winners are:

Elementary Category (2) – Mirror Lake Elementary & South Douglas Elementary

Middle School Category- Mason Creek Middle School

High School Category- Douglas County High school

Normally, WSA is active in the school system during the year and do lot of classroom visits, touch-a-trucks, career days, plant tours, etc. This project came about when WSA was trying to think of ways to engage students on water topics during COVID-19.  The rain barrel idea came about and the CAC was excited to partner, once again, with WSA. “We have loved looking at all of the wonderful creative designs by the students and were inspired by all of the wonderful stories shared on how schools incorporated art and water conservation into their school curriculum.”  Stated CAC Executive Director Emily Lightner.  It is a fun way to get the students and teachers talking about water, art, and also get some good-natured competition going between the schools. The 35 barrels were purchased from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a metro Atlanta non-profit who does environmental advocacy. “This has been such a fun project to work on with the schools and we are blown away by the creativity of the entries. There is a lot of talent floating around the Douglas County school system! The rain barrels have been a great way for teachers to start the conversation about water in their classrooms and WSA is thrilled to help facilitate water education in a non-traditional manner.”  It is a great partnership to help expand the knowledge of water and conservation while building STEAM in the Douglas County School System. Congratulations to this year’s winners!