Monday, May 18, 2009

Fayetteville Intermediate Wins Environmental Competition in Atlanta

The effort of some Fayetteville Intermediate students to get Fayette County citizens to conserve water will continue thanks to a scholarship from Keep Atlanta Beautiful.

The school is one of three grand prize $1,000 winners of the Stepping Lightly in Atlanta competition. The contest was open to students around the metro Atlanta area who are implementing projects in their communities that demonstrate environmental stewardship. Projects were evaluated on their innovation and community involvement.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students in the gifted and talented program at Fayetteville Intermediate were concerned with the on-going drought in Georgia, so in 2007 they invented the Flush Flow Fixer. The device is a full water bottle that is placed in the toilet tank to displace water, thus conserving water with every flush.

The school partnered with the Fayetteville Home Depot, which supplied water bottles and toilets for demonstrations and allowed them to set up on a Saturday and pass out the bottles and valuable information to the community.

Executive Director Peggy Denby of Keep Atlanta Beautiful will present the $1,000 check to the students at the school on May 20. In addition, they will also receive an official City of Atlanta Proclamation for Stewardship.

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