Hamilton Water is committed to providing youth in our communities with the knowledge, awareness, and tools to become champions of water and the environment. Creating a positive change in the attitudes and beliefs of our future leaders and decision-makers is the first step towards solving the water issues we face on a local, national and global scale.
Below is an overview of the various youth education programs Hamilton Water makes available to every school in Hamilton. Almost all of our programs are free of cost. They are a great way to promote water-related initiatives in your school.
Download a printable version of our program information: 2019 School Newsletter - Water Education (PDF, 789 KB)
Digital Presentations - Ask an Expert
Bring Hamilton Water experts to your classroom digitally! Choose from our selection of on-demand presentations or schedule a live presentation on a water topic of your choice. Do your students have water questions? No problem! Our water experts are even available for live Q&A sessions. All you need is an internet connection and a computer/tablet/mobile device! Please e-mail [email protected] and allow a week for us to get back to you!
World Toilet Day - November 19th, 2020
Show your students the importance of clean water and sanitation by celebrating World Toilet Day with Hamilton Water! Approximately 2.4 billion people around the world don’t have access to basic sanitation like a toilet or latrine. Raise awareness and make a difference by learning about these important issues in your classroom. This year, your grade 1 to 8 class is invited to take part in a series of online and in-class World Toilet Day activities starting Monday, November 16th. On November 19th, tune into a live presentation where we will recognize World Toilet Day and hold a prize draw for some cool swag! Please email [email protected] for more information.
Drinking Fountain Poster Contest
Help bring awareness to the benefits of your tap water and your school’s drinking fountains. We provide the template and your students provide the creative designs that promote the benefits of drinking tap water and using refillable bottles.
Now every student can participate each week from home in 3 easy steps:
- Download and print the Poster Template
- Create a poster design that shows why we should choose tap water over bottled water
- Submit your poster design to your teacher or directly to Hamilton Water
A weekly winner will chosen from all entries received with each winner being featured on this page and a hardcopy of their poster being delivered to their school to be hung above a drinking fountain! Each winner will also receive a certificate of recognition from the City of Hamilton
It’s free to take part so submit your poster design today!
World Water Day Eco-Competition
Celebrate and find a new respect for water this school year by participating in the Hamilton Harbour Eco-Competition. Water is our most precious natural resource. It’s something we use every day but it is also something many of us take for granted. The Eco-Competition takes place in the weeks leading up to World Water Day in March and gives your students a chance to learn about water and compete against other Hamilton-area elementary schools. Competition consists of:
- Curriculum-linked lesson plan
- Unique grade-specific challenges:
- Grades 1 to 4: Artwork
- Grades 5 to 6: Short video
- Grades 7 to 8: Case study
- Earn points towards Ontario Eco Schools Certification
- Compete against other elementary schools
- A chance to win a trophy for your school
- Participation certificate for every class
The registration deadline for the 2020 World Water Day Eco-Competition is January 31, 2021. To register, please e-mail your class details to [email protected] (include teacher name(s), school name and grade level and indicate that you would like to register).
2019 Grand Prize Winner
Mrs. Bissonette’s grade 2 class from Adelaide Hoodless.
Congratulations to the students of Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School! Their school is the winner of a brand new hydration station!
Grades 1 to 4
Mr. DiBenedetto & Students from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School
Grades 5 to 6 Co-Winners
Mr. Phillips & Students from C.B. Sterling Elementary School
Mr. Speksnyder & Students from Chedoke Elementary School
Grades 7 to 8
Mrs. Caiella & Students from St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School
Grades 1 to 4
Franklin Road - Mr. Zdero & Students
Guy B Brown - Mrs. Montgomery & Students
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Mr. MacDonald & Eco-Team
Grades 5 to 6
Holbrook School - Mrs. Wilkie-Smith & Students
James MacDonald - Mrs. Hughes & Students
St. David - Mrs. Mattina & Students
Grades 7 to 8
Hess St. - Mrs. Freeborn & Students
St. Michael - Ms. Tersigni & Students
Reusable Water Bottle Orders
Let’s ban the bottle! Hamilton Water offers environmentally-friendly reusable water bottles to all Hamilton schools. The bottles are a perfect alternative to wasteful single-use plastic bottles.
Bottles are offered to schools at a 50% shared cost and are a great way to promote your school. One side of the bottles features the City logo and the other side is reserved for your school logo.
- Your school will be eligible for points towards Eco-Certification
- Bottles can be given to students and staff or the school may choose to sell the bottles in order to fund in-school programs that focus on environmental issues
- Only two bottle orders are placed per year in October and February
Upcoming order form deadline is September 30, 2020.
- Water Bottle Order Form and Information (PDF, 560 KB)
Tap N’ Drains Board Game
Taps N’ Drains is a life-sized board game that is a blast to play in the classroom or at a school event.
Students start in Lake Ontario and must roll the dice and race their game piece through watermains, taps and sewers. Players must answer water-related questions correctly to move forward along the board. Beware, a wrong answer will send you backwards!
Players learn about local water issues along the way such as water quality in Hamilton Harbour, pollution prevention, water treatment and more!
- Rent the game for up to a week
- 2 to 30 players (single players or in teams)
- Grade-specific game cards
For more information or to book programs contact:
Rob Richarz, Project Manager, Outreach & Education
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 5154
E-mail: [email protected]
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