Bozeman, Mont.—Water for You and Me, a storybook created as part of the Clean and Conserve Education Program partnership between the Project WET Foundation and Ecolab Inc., has earned a Learning® Magazine 2017 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for Preschool. The storybook will be featured in the January 2017 issue of Learning and is already listed on the magazine’s award website.
A PDF ebook available for free download in English, Spanish and Mandarin, Water for You and Me received high marks from Learning Magazine’s teacher evaluators, who used it in their classrooms and homes before making their recommendation. “I loved how informative this book is!” one evaluator said. “Kids love hearing about water, something they use every day.”
The 32-page storybook features an original story written by children’s book author Lola Schaefer with engaging full-color illustrations by Peter Grosshauser. The story discusses why water is important, how we use water and how young children can use water responsibly to help conserve and protect the natural world around them.
“I would recommend this to other teachers,” another evaluator said. “It will help get your students interested and talking about keeping our earth healthy.”
The book also highlights how children can use water to stay healthy, including basic information on the importance of using soap and water to wash their hands. One evaluator recommended the book because “it is full of important information that can build a lifetime of good hygiene habits.”
In addition to the story, Water for You and Me also offers teachers and parents hands-on activities to help children understand water, including age-appropriate experiments and interactive games and songs. As another evaluator said, Water for You and Me “presents the material in multiple fun ways.”
Water for You and Me is one of four publications created through the Clean and Conserve program, a partnership between Ecolab and the Project WET Foundation designed to reach two million people with interactive water conservation and hygiene education by the end of 2017. Other learning materials created through the partnership include an activity guide for educators, a children’s activity book for elementary and middle school students, and a science project guide for high school students—all available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. An interactive hygiene activity is available on DiscoverWater.org, and all materials can be digitally accessed free of charge.
About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide.
About Ecolab: A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.