Fifth graders take action against drought

February 19, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
The effects of drought 2008 are forcing most people to change their daily routines, especially Raleigh water customers.

Fox Run Elementary's SWAT team - Student Water Auditors Team - is on a mission to save water and spread the word about conservation.

"North Carolina is in a serious drought and if we don't conserve water than in four months about that we won't have any more left," fifth grader, Matthew LaGanke said.

That is why the kids take time out of their lunch to checkout their school.

"They're doing audits, going around the school, trying to find ways they can save water," fifth grader teacher, Amy Constant said. "Of course leaks being the biggest water waster they're trying to find any leaks, they report them right away to the custodian."

With clipboard in hand, the auditors team hit the hallways inspecting everything from faucets and toilets to classroom sinks.

"This is what we would usually check to make sure water isn't leaking," fifth grader, Phoebe Ortega said. "If it's still running you should try to stop it."

When their mission at school is accomplished, it is time to spread the word to conserve.

The group is sharing their water conservation tips at home with their families, but they are also trying to teach the younger kids by hanging posters.


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