by Kevin Kopp, New Jersey Project WET Coordinator
Three Make a Splash Water Festivals were held this spring in New Jersey. All three had their own unique design and, combined, the festivals reached over 2,100 participants!
Lincoln Middle School in Kearny holds their festival over two days and uses it as part of their 6th-grade orientation to middle school for their five sending schools. The students begin the day with a 30-minute orientation to middle school and then spend the rest of the time going through stations, located at three different location on the school property. The stations are run primarily by students from Lincoln Middle School. What a unique way to learn about water and a new school at the same time!
Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township holds New Jersey’s largest Make a Splash Festival each year. It seems like the entire district is involved. Middle school students run more than half the stations, and students from the local high School, three elementary schools and local agencies round out the stations. You need a drone to get a view of the entire festival!
Hamburg School in Hamburg held their first festival this year. They are unique because they are a K-8 school. The teachers set up and ran all the stations with student aids. Each grade visited stations that were appropriate for their level. The presenters had to adapt their station for three to four grade levels. They did an amazing job and are looking forward to making it annual event.