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Fowler Drive Elementary boasts one-of-a kind water retention system, renovations
Fowler Drive Elementary boasts one-of-a kind water retention system, renovations

ATHENS, Ga. – The entire school has been renovated, faculty boast that it’s “green” and its home to one of the only school rainwater retention systems in Georgia. For over a year, the students at Flower Drive Elementary have been displaced. But recently, they moved back into their home at 400 Fowler Drive and they’re ready to show it off.

According to Dale Rodgers, the students and faculty “recycle, reuse and reduce” daily, they flush toilets in one wing of the school with water from their retention system and on “a very small scale” they are taking waste from lunch and turning it into compost for a future community garden in one of their pre-constructed gardening plots.  

Fourth and fifth grade members of the Science Club collected data on how much food is wasted during lunch to figure the amount of compost that would be created with the materials. Rodgers said, “They were amazed how much food was wasted during lunch”. She also explained that the new water retention program was just as much of a visual treat is it is environmental.

The retention system is housed in a glass enclosure and students are able to walk past it and monitor the water levels. If levels are too low, the restrooms use water from the county water supply.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30th, Fowler Drive Elementary will host an Open House Ceremony and student-led tours from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Students have decorated the school according to the theme: Sky, Water and Earth.

Members of the Fowler Drive Elementary have everything to be proud of tomorrow, on their special day.

According to Rodgers, with the artwork “we want to capture the imagination of the kids. We to keep them interested in school and learning so when they finish, they’ll have a choice about what they do with their lives”.

Fowler Drive Elementary is located at 400 Fowler Drive in Athens.

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