Yellow fish painted beside storm drains

Painting yellow fish on sidewalks beside storm drains was the task of a group of Grade 3 French Immersion students

Teacher Linda Wagers explained how to use a stencil to paint yellow fish and the slogan ‘rain water only’ beside storm water drains. A group of Grade 3 French Immersion students from Mme. Groves class at École Steffie Woima Elementary School joined partners from École H. J. Cody High School for the project in Pierview subdivision last Wednesday.

Painting yellow fish on sidewalks beside storm drains was the task of a group of Grade 3 French Immersion students from École Steffie Woima Elementary School and their partners from École H. J. Cody High School.

Cody teacher Linda Wagers said her advanced outdoor education students are working on environmental issues as part of a CTS course. Painting the fish and the words ‘rain water only’ is meant to raise awareness about the need to prevent things other than stormwater from entering the drains.

Besides using a stencil to paint the yellow reminders, students also distributed door hangers to houses which explained the ‘Follow the Yellow Fish Road’ program.

Students focused on the Pierview subdivision where fish were painted beside eight or nine storm drains.

Wagers hopes to do continue the campaign in another area of town with a different group of students.

She said the initiative for the campaign came out of Inside Education’s Navigate 2014 Water Literacy Youth Summit in March which was attended by a group of students from Cody.


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