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June 29th, 2009
SMCISD teachers participate in water conservation workshop


Jessica Chaffee, Linda Sangurima, Tammy Cox, and Susan Deaton peer into Canyon Gorge.


San Marcos CISD (SMCISD) elementary school teachers recently finished a workshop and training session called “Worlds of Water.” The workshop was sponsored by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. The workshop explored all areas of water use and conservation.

Jessica Chafee, Linda Sangurima, Tammy Cox and Susan Seaton represented SMCISD at the workshop, which was attended by 25 teachers from school districts across Central Texas.

“It was hands-down the most amazing training I think I’ve every done,” said Cox. “San Marcos was well represented with teachers from De Zavala, Mendez, Travis, and Crockett elementary schools attending.”

The teachers toured water wells in Nixon, a wastewater treatment plant in New Braunfels, drinking water treatment plants in San Marcos and Aquarena Springs, a hydroelectric plant in Canyon Lake and the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center. Two field trips were also conducted to the Canyon Gorge in Canyon Lake and Geronimo Creek in Seguin.

“The workshop included classroom instruction and field trips to see first hand what water can do,” Seaton said. “This was a great resource, and we have new and innovative ideas to share in our classrooms next year to teach students about water use, conservation and why it is so important.”

Chafee, Sangurima, Cox, Dr. Mark Guftason of Texas Lutheran University, and Seaton look for aquatic life to catch in vials for study.

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