Since we had to abort our Florida “vacation”, we certainly haven’t been sitting back moaning and groaning. We’ve jumped right back in to helping out the COE on the many jobs it takes to keep the area up and running and getting many items taken care of for the upcoming season.
We also have been heading up the Water Safety Program, along with getting many brochures about the program out to the schools surrounding Thurmond Lake with the help of some other volunteers, we’ve conducted a few of the classes for our target audience, primary and middle school kids.
Just the other day we had another group of young, enthusiastic kids in to the Visitor Center for our Water Safety Program and a tour of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam. The kids were full of energy and we had a great time teaching them about water safety.
We get all the kids involved in various parts of the presentation, from trying on life jackets to a science experiment with oranges and a bowl of water, showing how an orange with its peel intact floats, while one without sinks. An example of how a life jacket works.
Jacquie, one of our fellow volunteers, does this demonstration with the kids, who get a real kick out of it.
After the program, we took the kids down to the dam for a tour. They were amazed at the size of it and got to see the inner workings of the control room and the seven giant turbines that produce clean electricity. (Sorry, no inside pictures for security reasons).
After the inside tour, we took the kids outside for some pictures. They were a lively bunch and with their never ending energy, we had to “herd” them along to take some pictures of their day to take back to their school.
We even were able to get them to stand still long enough to get Ranger Dave (our boss) into some of the shots.
A great time and lots of fun with kids. We sure do enjoy this opportunity to help in these kid’s education. This is one job we’d pay to do. :c)
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