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Muskegon County Water Festival – September 23 & 24, 2014
USGBC West Michigan will be participating in a 2-day annual water festival for 3rd graders.  We are looking for one or two member companies that can help with a message about green buildings and water conservation and hope that you might have a staff member or 2 who would come and share an activity with local 3rd graders for a day! This year will take place on Sept. 23 and 24 at the USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon.

Last years Muskegon County Water Festival:

  • Sponsored in full by DTE Energy through the Cranbrook Institute for $10,000
  • A one day event held at USS Silversides Museum
  • Over 550 local 3rd graders attended from 5 different schools
  • 10 organizations and 2 upper level school groups were involved in planning and leading station activities
  • Students rotated through 4 learning stations for a total of 3 hours of water related activities

Muskegon County Water Festival article

Goals for this years event:

  • Expand to 2 days full of learning stations to meet the demand from teachers/schools and reach double the amount from last year
  • Bring at least 5 more organizations on board to lead learning stations
  • Secure funding from 3+ local organizations to go along with $3,500 from DTE Energy

The focus of the activities are in 4 categories:

  1. water quality
  2. water properties and cycle
  3. aquatic habitats
  4. human use

There were 3 rotations of 100 students moving through 4 stations going on at the same time. So, at 25 students for 40 minutes eight times throughout the day. This year we are expanding this rotation to 2 full days so we can potentially reach over 1200 students!  Please contact Renae Hesselink if you can help  renae.hesselink@enichols.com or (231) 799-2120

Power of Produce Club at the Muskegon Farmers Market – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Healthy eating and healthy life style activities will be offered to kids ages 5-12.  This program empowers kids to make healthy eating choices and it helps create future shoppers of the Farmers Market.  Do you or your organization have a program or activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle?  Contact Renae Hesselink, renae.hesselink@enichols.com or  (231) 799-2120

Reach out to the school district where you live and offer an idea.  There are many ideas on the My Green Apple website:  www.mygreenapple.org

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