The Valour JK-12 School Grade 8 students received a plaque for successfully completing the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) OneWater Program. It was given to them on May 18 at the school’s assembly. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

OneWater plaque for Valour Grade 8 kids

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Monday July 10, 2017

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) recognized the efforts of Grade 8 Students at Valour JK-12 School who successfully completed the OneWater Program.

“They are the future custodians of this resource,” said Brad Sweet, OCWA Senior Operations Manager.

The program is in its second year and includes educational aspects, visitations from OCWA representatives and student-run presentations. It is designed to educate the students on the importance of water and how it is treated, and act as a complementary addition to the teachings in the curriculum. The students also met with employees from the municipal sewer plant and took part in several different experiments that highlighted the importance of water conservation and the processes it takes to make water potable.

“It was a great success, the kids loved it,” said Sweet. “A better-educated public is better in the long run.”
Once the program was completed, the class itself and the Town of Petawawa each received a plaque on May 18 during an assembly.

It was such an educational success for her students that Teacher Jennifer Marquardt hopes to be able to take part in the program next year.

“It is a great way to learn about science,” she said.