George Mason University (GMU) and the Mason Sustainability Institute have provided Arlington Public Schools with 20 rain barrels as part of the university’s Earth Week activities.
GMU’s “Operation Rain Barrel” was created to engage students in learning about environmental sustainability to coincide with the “Community Earth Week Fair.”
GMU provided the plain, fully constructed barrels to schools to be painted and then they will be auctioned off on Sun, April 22. Participating schools were also provided educational information about rain barrels to incorporate into lessons as part of the project.
All of the artistic rain barrels are currently on display at George Mason’s Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Dr.) on the Arlington Campus at the Community Earth Week Fair. On Sun, April 22 the barrels will be part of a silent auction during the Earth Day celebration. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Arlington County Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund and to George Mason’s Early Identification Program for first generation college-bound middle and high school students.
In addition to the auction, three barrels will be awarded first, second and third place recognition by a panel of judges. The winning schools will receive a certificate and a $100 donation provided by Water Management, Inc..
Bids for the rain barrels will start at $65 – the cost of a barrel – and will be accepted until 2:30 p.m.
Schools participating in Operation Rain Barrel are:
· Arlington Education & Employment Program (REEP)
· Arlington Mill Continuation Program
· Arlington Traditional School
· Barrett Elementary School
· Campbell Elementary School
· Carlin Springs Elementary School
· Drew Model School
· Key Elementary School
· Glebe Elementary School
· H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
· Jamestown Elementary School
· Kenmore Middle School
· Long Branch Elementary School
· Nottingham Elementary School
· Oakridge Elementary School
· The Stratford Program
· Swanson Middle School
· Wakefield High School
· Williamsburg Middle School
· Taylor Elementary School
For more information about Operation rain Barrel, click here