Lucky students in three area schools will soon benefit from $1,000 Rainwater Revival grants awarded by the Hill Country Alliance. The grants, funded by the annual Rainwater Revival event, help educators develop water catchment and water-saving programs in schools.
Grant recipients for 2014 include:
Hernandez Elementary School, San Marcos CISD: Fifth graders will incorporate rainwater collection while managing a storm water issue that occurs when downspouts direct rainwater over sidewalks in front of the school.
East Central High School, East Central ISD: The aquatic science programs will use the grant funds to capture rainwater to irrigate native grasses and plants being grown for a riparian restoration project. Environmental science students will study and track pH in the captured rainwater over time.
Hunt ISD: Fourth and fifth grade science students will use grant funds to build a working tabletop model of a rain catchment system that will serve as a teaching tool in all Hunt science classes.
The 2014 Rainwater Revival event is set for Oct. 25 in Dripping Springs and will bring together experts to help families and businesses learn how to harvest rainwater for in-home and outdoor use. To date, 13 area schools have benefited from the annual rain barrel auctions, which fund the school grants.
The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. For more information, visit www.hillcountryalliance.org.