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Biology faculty member set to "Make a Splash"

September 18, 2001

At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, more than 600 students from three schools in Tennessee's Red Boiling Springs area will gather at the Renah Louise and Jennifer Rae Bilbury Memorial Park to "Make a Splash."

They are among the more than 50,000 children nationwide who will join the effort to "Make a Splash" on the same day. This national initiative is organized by Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) to raise awareness of the critical need for water education.

Laurina Lyle, a faculty member in Austin Peay State University's biology department, is the statewide coordinator of WET, an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students.

"Make a Splash" is supported by The Perrier Group of America and its local Deer Park brand, according to Lyle. The Red Boiling Springs water festival is being organized by John Cook of Bennett Hills Water Bottling Company.

The initiative involves a day filled with simultaneous events in towns nationwide. All events are to celebrate the role of water and its importance in everyday life, while teaching children about the science and history of water, one of the most important natural resources.

Children will learn through such hands-on activities as "The Incredible Journey," "Water Models," "Water Chemistry" and "Water Witches."

For more information, telephone Lyle at 6480 or contact her via the Web at