Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rain Barrels Offered at Aquarium's Party for the Planet

 While we may feel rather soggy right now due to recent heavy rainfall, the weather pattern could leave us high and dry relatively soon. And we all know the importance of saving every drop during water shortages.

Last September, the United Way, ACE Hardware Stores and Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company launched a series of rain barrel workshops at the Tennessee Aquarium. Forty rain barrels were produced for Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy.
 The plastic barrels, originally used to hold concentrate for producing drinks like Powerade, Minute-Maid drinks and Vitamin Water, have been finding their way into the community for several years as recycling and trash bins. But recently Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company has been bringing Coke's national rain barrel program to the Scenic-City helping stretch our water supply.
 So the 5th grade students at CDESA have been busy creating sustainable art by decorating these water saving barrels.
We're told that students and volunteers have put in some long hours to produce these rain barrels and a document explaining how and why everyone should have at least one rain barrel at home.
 The best part??? You could own one! Come to the Tennessee Aquarium's Party for the Planet this Saturday and you could own one of these specially decorated rain barrels for a donation to the Calvin Donaldson Fund. That's a pretty good deal. You'll support a great school and the environment in one gesture.
Just make sure you have room in your vehicle for the barrel. They are light-weight, but are full-sized barrels.

1 comment:

Emily said...

How much will they cost?