Summit fourth-graders dive into water |

Summit fourth-graders dive into water

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkKeystone Science School co-director Andy McIntyre show Silverthrone elementary fourth graders, from left, Andrew Maginity, Kyle Ervin, Jennifer Matlock, Tony Bennett, Alan Roque, Coy Cocker and Abby Akers the larvae of a may fly Friday afternoon during Summit's Water Festival at Dillon Valley elementary.

DILLON VALLEY – The issues surrounding water in the High Country can befuddle even the savviest of minds. But water experts and educators recently determined to make the concepts digestible to some of Summit’s smallest citizens.All Summit School District’s fourth-graders descended on Dillon Valley Elementary for a full day of water education during the inaugural Summit County Water Festival, a collaborative effort of the school district, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Colorado River Conservation District and Keystone Science School.

Students spent the day traveling with their “Wonders of Water Passport to Knowledge,” among more than a dozen interactive, hands-on activity stations where they watched bacteria treat sewer water, made miniature hydrology cycles and studied riparian wildlife and ecosystems. “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about the central roles rivers, lakes and streams play within the region,” said Chris Hall, Dillon Valley media specialist, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s designed to help students learn about the importance of water to the environment and to us, as well as how it’s used in their daily lives.”

Presenters included National Science Educator of the Year, Deb Perryman as well as professionals from local and state government agencies, natural resource groups, universities, museums, media and industry.The activities were designed to supplement and reinforce the district’s fourth-grade science curriculum, and teachers will build on and continue several of the lessons in their own classrooms.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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