WSA and CAC Rain Barrel Project a Hit!

Rain Barrel Project is Fun and Educational for Schools
Posted on 12/09/2020

To make art and water education fun for schools and to involve the entire community, the Douglasville-Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has partnered with the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County (CAC) and the school system on a rain barrel project. According to Lyndsey Sargent, WSA communications coordinator, the project came about when WSA, a very active Partner in Education, was trying to think of ways to engage students on water topics during COVID, a time when guests are not permitted in schools.

“Normally, we are very active in the school system during the year and do lot of classroom visits, touch-a-trucks, career days, plant tours, etc.,” said Sargent. “We knew none of that was going to happen for the foreseeable future, so we came up with the rain barrels as a fun way to get the students and teachers talking about water and also get some good-natured competition going between the schools. We love partnering with the CAC to merge art and science, so it was a natural fit.”

“We love partnering with WSA to help expand the knowledge of water and conservation while building STEAM in the Douglas County School System,” said Emily Lightner, executive director for CAC. “Just a few years ago, the CAC launched a new initiative to use public art to further establish the community as a dynamic center of creativity and a destination for visitors,” making this project a perfect fit. “After each school received a rain barrel, they were tasked to decorate the rain barrel to make it look incredible.” Each barrel was then entered in a competition through the CAC's Facebook page. “We have loved looking at all of the wonderful creative designs by the students,” said Lightner, “and were inspired by all of the wonderful stories shared on how schools incorporated art and water conservation into their curriculum!"  

WSA purchased the 35 barrels from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, “a metro Atlanta non-profit that does environmental advocacy, so it was great to be able to support them during COVID as well,” said Sargent.

Click on the CAC Facebook link to vote for your favorite barrel and feel free to share the link. Winners from the elementary, middle and high school levels will be announced after the voting period ends on December 18 and will receive a 5-in-1 weather station courtesy of WSA.

Several samples of rain barrel art!

BSES Rain Barrel 
 

CHMS Rain Barrel


DCHS Rain Barrel


MAMS Rain Barrel

MLES Rain Barrel picture


NMHS Rain Barrel
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