Splashing in the rain

“This is Make A Splash,” said Bekki Malapit of the Department of Water. “It’s raining, and that is (Project) WET.”

The Thursday morning drizzle did little to dampen the enthusiasm of 750 fifth-grade students who descended on the Pua Loke arboretum for the 11th annual Make A Splash water education program hosted by Kauai Department of Water.

“This is the largest group we’ve had,” said Kim Tamaoka, community relations director for DOW. “We started with 270 students in 2003. To get to 750 students is historic.”

The Make A Splash program is part of the Project WET Foundation which envisions a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future.

“They are the pipeline,” said Peter Sapinoso, a DOW operations worker. “The students learn about water and go home to speak to their parents about what they’ve learned. It’s a good program. The kids enjoy learning and enjoy themselves at the same time. It’s all about the kids.”

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