I absolutely love the hustle and bustle of 7,000 Orange County third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students arriving for the annual Children’s Water Education Festival at UC, Irvine. The Orange County Water District and the Disneyland Resort launched the festival 20 years ago as a fun way to expose students to water education. Today, the festival is the largest of its kind in the United States.
I was honored to lead hundreds of other Disney VoluntEARS last week to once again teach students about water, and tips for protecting water supplies. The Disneyland Resort booths included Disney VoluntEARS dressed as pirates teaching students how acidic or basic water can be in various solutions at home, our horticulture team showing children the best way to water a landscape, and our Disney Ambassadors providing other water conservation tips, such as turning off the faucet when brushing teeth.
The students don’t even realize they are learning; they are just having fun! My hope for the festival is that it lights a spark in their imaginations and encourages them to think differently about water, and how they can conserve it at home. I am so proud that my role allows me to be an environmental steward not only at the Disneyland Resort, but also in the community.
Environmental Project Manager