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Three Rhode Island Teachers Win Environmental Educator Awards

Release Date: 06/28/2005
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Contact: David Deegan, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017,

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2005; Release # dd050606

BOSTON -- Three Rhode Island teachers were among 11 teachers in New England who were recognized recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for demonstrating exceptional work in drinking water education.

The Environmental Educator Awards were given out last month during a Drinking Water Week celebration at the Providence Water Treatment Plan in Scituate.

"EPA applauds this year's Environmental Educators," said Robert Varney, Regional Administrator of EPA's New England Office. "By sharing their knowledge about drinking water, these educators are developing the attitudes and commitment for our children to become stewards of this important resource."

The recipients in Rhode Island were:
Beth Berry: Beth wrote and directed a play called "Hydroscope" for the Wakefield Elementary School. The play covered the water cycle and was widely attended by family, friends and community members. The concepts from the play were then used in math classes as both a math lesson and a lesson in water conservation.
Mary Barden and Joseph Gilmartin: Barden and Gilmartin are both educators with the Davisville Middle School. They use an interdisciplinary team teaching approach that educates students on the protection of groundwater, watershed and estuary water quality within the Hunt-Annaquatuckets-Pettasquamscutt Sole Source Aquifer. Students of Barden and Gilmartin construct groundwater models and learn to demonstrate the concepts that these models represent to younger students and the public.

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