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Gulf Guardian Award 2019: Environmental Education and Outreach Mobile Classroom

>>Cherie Schadler: So,
let’s take our hand and make the shape
of a sphere. It’s kind of like — The
Environmental Education and Outreach Mobile
Classroom travels to schools, primarily
elementary schools, statewide teaching
students about non-point source pollution, how it’s
impacting the water, and how they can make simple
changes to improve the water quality in
their communities.>>Bobby Bass: I like
to splish and splash.>>Female fish: Oh my, he’s fast!>>Cherie Schadler:
We have a program, kindergarten through
second grade, that is a multimedia puppet theater. And this program is a 30
minute program that is a very visual way for
students to understand what happens in a little
community when they have a great big rainy day.>>Bobby Bass: Help, help, help us please … So, Bobby Bass and his
fish friends and Molly Mockingbird have a crisis
on the river when the community began building
new areas and construction and they didn’t think about
their natural resources. [storm sounds] Then they have a great big
rainy day, and all of that pollution ends up down in
Bobby Bass’ river pool. So, the citizens learn
how to do best management practices to improve their
water quality in their community. Our third through fifth
grade program is actually a PowerPoint presentation we call,
“All the Water in the World.” And this program
helps students to understand, from right
when a rainstorm happens, how does water work? How does it move? What does it
do as it moves?>>Kids: Stick, pull … And we teach them how the
water has properties. So, the properties are
causing pollution to stick, pull, dissolve, and
carry into the waterways down to the
Gulf of Mexico.>>When we have a great big rainy day right here …. Students that live in the
northern part of the state do not really understand
anything about the Gulf of Mexico and vice versa. So, we try to help
students connect to that. So, we want them to
understand the geography of where they are, and
also where all of that pollution is going. And we try to teach them
that what they do with their litter affects
everyone and everything around them.>>How many of you know where the Ross Barnett… We actually have
curriculum that aligns with our program. So, we have labs, we have lesson plans,
we have activities. We have games and reviews,
vocabulary, quizzes, and tests. We also have lots of links
to other resources with agencies and groups not
only statewide, but nationally. [car honking] So, we want to
equip our teachers, when they leave our
program, they’re not — this isn’t just it. They’re going to take
materials home with them that are going to enable
them to continue the process in the classroom. We don’t want to make them
really grossed out about going in the water, but we
just want to inspire them to get them to understand
what’s happening because it’s very important to the
students in our state to realize that simple
activities we do every day are impairing those
watersheds and those are the places where they’re going
fishing, swimming, boating. And it really could
actually be even affecting their well water,
their drinking supply.>>Joseph Schadler: Mrs. Hope, how did
all of this stuff get down here to the river anyway?>>Cherie Schadler: We
would like students to not litter in the first place. Our hope is to teach them
how bad that litter is so they won’t do it. The second thing is is if
they see litter on the ground to make sure, of
course, if there’s an adult present, that they
can pick it up and throw it away. The third thing
is is to recycle. We hope to inspire young
audiences to become better water quality stewards in
their community to improve the water for them
for the future. [Music]>>Narrator:
Congratulations to Bayou Town Productions for its
Environmental Education and Outreach Mobile
Classroom, the first place Gulf Guardian Award winner
in the youth Environmental Education category. [Music]

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