Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-10-21
About 1,600 fourth-grade students from Birmingham City Schools will participate in the third annual Water Festival at Samford University Monday and Tuesday (OCT. 24 and 25).
"W.A.T.E.R. is a Totally Excellent Resource" is the theme of this year's event, during which students will learn the different parts of the water cycle and why each is important to life. They also learn what they can do to keep water clean and unpolluted.
The students will enjoy hands-on activities and a water-related magic show presented by the Fishing Magician.
The Water Festival is sponsored by Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education and other area businesses, governmental agencies and environmental and conservation groups.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.