The students, representing a total of 19 classes from Banks school, Goshen Elementary, Pike County Elementary, Troy Elementary, Pike Liberal Arts School, Covenant Christian and New Life Academy will study various aspects of water resources under the theme “Water, It is all About,” according to Janet Gaston, science education advisor in the University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
One aspect of the festival is a t-shirt design contest. Each year leading up to the festival, fourth graders are asked to submit designs.
This year, Banks Elementary School student Blake McCall was the overall winner and was presented a t-shirt bearing his design on Tuesday.
The festival also recognizes design winners at each of the area schools.
Funding and in-kind support for the festivals comes from a variety of sources including Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy, and local donors.
In addition to ADEM and Legacy, the Pike County festival has enjoyed support over the years from both the City of Brundidge and the City of Troy, Troy University and numerous businesses and organizations including Wal-Mart DC7019, Sanders Lead, BFI, Lockheed Martin, The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sodexo, the Troy University Environmental Club, the Alabama Water Environmental
Federation, Mayfield Ice Cream, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and other donors and volunteers, Gaston said.
“The festival would not be possible without Troy University’s provision of facilities and many thanks go to the faculty and students in Troy University’ s College of Arts & Sciences,” she said.