On May 4, 2018, fourth and fifth graders from Conway Elementary School hosted a special watershed presentation and creek cleanup at Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. The event was the culmination of the students’ year-long work on the importance of clean watersheds to the overall ecosystem.
The day began with student exhibits and presentations about various watershed-related projects, including “Trout in the Classroom.” In this innovative program, students raised baby trout at school, and then released them into the Escondido Creek watershed.
After the presentations, students and community members joined forces to clean a portion of Kit Carson Creek. Special guests included: EUSD Superintendent Luis Ibarra, Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield, School Board Member Doug Paulson, EL Education West Region Senior Director Erica Nielson Andrew, the Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Simon Breen, a representative from the San Diego Zoo, and a representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office.
Conway’s watershed event was one of nearly 100 events held nationwide to commemorate Better World Day, which is an initiative of EL Education, a leading K–12 non-profit organization. Conway is working to become the first EL Education-credentialed school in Southern California. Since adopting the EL Education model three years ago, disciplinary issues have decreased 75 percent, parent engagement has significantly increased, and academic achievement is on the rise.