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Fourth-graders learn about watersheds

Fourth-grade students at Phenix have been learning about water, how it flows, where it goes and water conservation. In the library, Mrs. Watkins has spent the last couple of weeks having students work in small groups to define water terms, study the Virginia state map showing different rivers and talk about watersheds. As follow-up activity, Watkins invited Mrs. Julie Hamlett and Mrs. Patricia May from the Southside Water and Soil Conservation District to discuss water and watersheds with the students. The students enjoyed the topographical representations of two communities. Mrs. Hamlett discussed the ways human behavior can affect our water sources. Mrs. Mays instructed the students on ways that citizens can help with water pollution and water conservation. They emphasized that the students should become aware of their surroundings and the affect each one of them can have on water. Pictured are, from left, Julie Hamlett, left, and Patricia Mays discuss water and watersheds with fourth-grade students at Phenix Elementary. We commend Watkins, Hamlet and May for their leadership. (Send pictures of the week with names and a brief description to PicOfTheWeek@TheCharlotteGazette.com)