Twenty-five Macon County eleventh grade students are part of a mentoring program with a dozen Auburn University students and graduate assistant Raven Conwell. The project is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the work these students do together revolves around workplace and college readiness. We meet each Thursday at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee.
We met at our usual place at our usual time but something was a little different…We had a guest speaker! Dr. Bill Deutsch from Alabama Water Watch performed a water testing demonstration for us and told us about his program.
We started the night off like we always do with dinner and socializing. We thoroughly enjoyed Papa John’s Pizza and each other’s company. Once we convened in the sanctuary, we did our weekly check-up to see how everyone’s week had been. We received news of good grades on tests and assignments, long weeks, a new set of braces, and an engagement!
After we shared our accomplishments and disappointments with one another, Dr. Deutsch lead of the remainder of the evening. He started with a game that showed how much water covered the Earth, and then he spoke to us on the work he does around the world. He performed a demonstration of how they test water. It was very interesting, and I believe that our students learned a lot from Dr. Deutsch’s presentation.
Alabama Water Watch promotes community-based watershed stewardship through citizen volunteer monitoring of Alabama’s lakes, steams and coasts. We were reminded that the little stream that runs alongside Pleasant Grove Church might just be a stream, but it’s part of the larger watershed, which means it is important to all of us.