Middle School Grades of Green student leaders Leslie and Mariana from Long Beach, CA wanted to help their school conserve water, so they set out to install a rain barrel on campus to collect rain water! To install a rain barrel, they first had to raise money to purchase the rain barrel. These rockstar students decided to host “Recycling Fridays” to collect bottles and cans to be redeemed for money. Every week, they encouraged their peers and community to bring in their recyclable bottles and cans. After a few months, they eventually raised enough money to purchase their rain barrel and even had extra money to spare, which was used to support the school garden!

Next, Leslie and Mariana wanted to create a sign to educate their campus on the purpose of their rain barrel. Using a free graphic design website called Canva, they were able to create a professional-looking sign that informed their campus of what a rain barrel is and how they conserve water. Way to go Leslie and Mariana!

Interested in implementing a water project, like installing a rain barrel, in your community? Check out Grades of Green’s Water Campaign, and click here to register today!

Did you know that according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable? Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs — all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs!

One way to reduce your water footprint is to install a rain barrel either at home or in your community. For a limited time, Project Rain Barrel will supply host organizations with free materials, workshop planning support, and event promotion to host their own rain barrel workshops. Click here for more information on how your community organization can get involved.

Want to install a rain barrel at your school? Click here to register and unlock Grades of Green’s Rain Barrel Activity and more while receiving one-on-one support from a Grades of Green Advisor!