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Middle schoolers found out why Memphis has the best drinking water

Sixth graders at St. George's participated in the school's first Water Day.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wednesday was Water Day at St. George's Collierville campus. To celebrate, sixth grade students learned why Memphis prides itself in having some of the best drinking water in the country. This was an interdisciplinary educational partnership with the Wolf River Conservancy and Caesar at the University of Memphis.

Students learned about the Memphis sands aquifer, issues surrounding water access globally, the importance of preserving our natural resources and the historical significance of rivers in how cultures. Plus, they learned how they can determine their own carbon footprint.

"The fact that we show kids real world experience as an 11- and 12-year-old is insane. There are people on the Wolf River learning about this stuff in college and we're taking it back a few years and teaching them in sixth grade. We are preparing them for what college success and real world success is actually going to be like," said Taylor Cao, Director of Student Life.

And the learning doesn't stop there. The students will travel out to the river with scientists and educators to test water quality and learn why our clean water supply is so important to the area's future.