Knox College students take water conservation campaign to schools

From The Register-Mail:
Anyone who watched Sesame Street circa 1990 may remember an animated video of a boy named Carl and his neighbor Frank the Fish…

Two decades later, five Knox College students are bringing the video and its message of water conservation into Galesburg and Knoxville elementary classrooms as part of a group project they’ve dubbed “Put a Stop to the Drop.”

Knox sophomore Hannah Basil of Chicago said the project, assigned in an environmental studies class called “Explorations and Opportunities in Sustainability,” was never meant to include community outreach.

“We could have done a water audit, or just looked at how Knox uses water,” said Basil. “But we started talking about what we could do, and …”

Basil’s group member and Knox College junior Carrie Danner of Roselle continued, “As soon as we talked about the idea of going into classrooms, we were just like, ‘Yep, that’s what we’re doing.’ It was more exciting sounding and a lot more influential.”

Basil, Danner, and three other group members – Dylan Reynolds of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Amanda Wollarb and Kaylah Murphy, both of Knoxville – spent the next few weeks coordinating with area elementary school principals and teachers to enter their classrooms and present to students.

“Put a Stop to the Drop,” includes a PowerPoint presentation, interactive brainstorming session, a pledge to save water and more. The group donned matching T-shirts Tuesday and Thursday and visited Mable Woolsey Elementary, along with Silas Willard and Cooke schools.

The students are neither elementary education majors nor do they have much experience with young children in a classroom setting, but all said they’ve been pleasantly surprised with the outcome…