Breaking News Bar
posted: 4/26/2013 5:30 AM

Elgin student creates first Water Day

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Elgin High School students Sandybel Sandoval, 18, and Elmer Hernandez, 16, work on informational signs that will be featured at activity stations along Elgin Water Day's River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk Saturday morning.

       Elgin High School students Sandybel Sandoval, 18, and Elmer Hernandez, 16, work on informational signs that will be featured at activity stations along Elgin Water Day's River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk Saturday morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin High School students Sandybel Sandoval, 18, and Elmer Hernandez, 16, work on informational signs that will be featured at activity stations along Elgin Water Day's River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk on Saturday morning. The two-day event also includes an art exhibit at Elgin ArtSpace with a public reception Friday.

       Elgin High School students Sandybel Sandoval, 18, and Elmer Hernandez, 16, work on informational signs that will be featured at activity stations along Elgin Water Day's River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk on Saturday morning. The two-day event also includes an art exhibit at Elgin ArtSpace with a public reception Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

While working on a class project last summer, Elgin High School senior Boryana Borisova was shocked to find out that women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 6 kilometers per day to get water.

So Borisova decided she wanted to do something to raise community awareness about water conservation.

"Because we have access to it at the moment, because we have safe drinking water, we don't feel the effect that it has on other people thousands of miles away," she said.

Her resolve eventually gave birth to the first Elgin Water Day, taking place today and Saturday. The event is sponsored by "I Am the Difference," a volunteer organization created by Borisova that includes Elgin High School students, as well as the school's environmental science classes, the Elgin Sustainability Commission, the group Elgin Green Drinks and Food, and the Elgin bookstore Books at Sunset.

Elgin Water Day opens with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Elgin ArtSpace, 51 S. Spring St., for an exhibit titled "The Language of Water: An Interlude of the Arts and Sustainability." The exhibit runs through May 4 and includes works by ArtSpace residents, Fox Valley artists and local students.

"The goal of the exhibit is to remind us that water not only sustains our bodies, but it nourishes the soul," said Judi Brownfield, owner of Books at Sunset and co-curator of the exhibit, along with Elgin artist Kathleen Haerr.

On Saturday people can experience what walking 6 kilometers (about 3.72 miles) feels like through the River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk that starts at 9 a.m. from Festival Park and ends at Voyager's Landing Forest Preserve, near Judson University.

Informational and activity stations manned by students will be set up near Pioneer Memorial Park, Elgin High School environmental science teacher Deb Perryman said.

The walk will be preceded by a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. featuring Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Debra Shore. People can take tours of Elgin's water treatment plant from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 375 W. River Road.

"To me, this is the way education should work," Perryman said. "We have to give our kids a purpose, and that's to understand the purpose of their education in a democracy. Help them figure out how to use that information in a real way."

Borisova said she hopes people will not just learn, but make changes, too.

"The 'what now?' part is the most important. ... (Next is) the 'take action' part," she said.

For example, start taking shorter showers and collecting rain water for their plants, she said.

"It's simple tasks that anyone can do," she said. "We feel like water is infinite, when really, it's finite."

Share

Interested in reusing this article?

Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *

Message (optional)

Success - Reprint request sent Click to close
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here