“Separate.” That’s the magic word that put Louisville Water Company swag bags into the hands of two Gutermuth Elementary School students. Fourth graders Karlee Sublett and Leila Perez took home the end of school loot by remembering that filtration is a separation process.
Building water filters was the fifth and final water-inspired lesson for students at this South End school. Visits throughout the school year with Louisville Water educator Barbara Crow, teach students what it takes to pump, clean, and deliver water to nearly one million people every day. This is her eighth year working with Gutermuth fourth graders and her 35th year with the water company.
“The hands-on lessons were great and really reinforced what my students were learning. As soon as Ms. Crow finished a lesson, the kids immediately wanted to know when she was coming back,” said teacher, Kayla Carrier.
“Having one visit from a community partner is amazing, but having multiple visits throughout the year really makes a big impact.” Fellow teacher, Dawn Parker, says the Louisville Water lessons help students see the big picture. “They’re having a blast and don’t always realize that they’re using math, science, social studies, reading, and presentation skills while learning about water.”
Prize winner Karlee Sublett summed it up nicely, “Water is important, but it’s fun too!”