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Westmore Oaks Elementary School gets new rain barrels By Monica Stark Jen Garcia (Rinehart)’s two science club classes from Westmore Oaks installed eight 55-gallon rain barrels that they have designed and painted themselves. Garcia said she attended a class this summer that the city of West Sacramento offered on rain barrels, which was taught by retired Master Gardener and Renaissance man Mike Vilhauer. “That class was the inspiration for this project. Mike was the inspiration. He has the relationship with NorCal Beverage. He brought us the barrels that they donated,” Garcia explained. Discussing the process of how the barrels got completed, she said, “We did not need to do much to the barrels to prep. Some needed a rinse out. We first of all primed them with a primer that adheres to plastic. Then my students had to come up with concepts that we could use (nature, classes, and several more). Once there was a list of approved concepts, the students each came up with designs for a barrel. Next, I chose designs to use. Some of the students had a picture of one thing that could work with another student’s picture. Like, four students all

drew very cool dragons (our mascot). So, they designed the dragon barrel with all their designs together. A couple designs were the same idea so they worked together on a barrel.” Westmore Oaks ended up with the following barrels: Dragon Barrel, WMO colors and name barrel, Under the Sea Barrel, Emoji Barrel, Ribbons of Support Barrel, Class Tittel Barrel, Nature Barrel, and Energy Education Cartoon Barrel. The students drew their sketches on the barrels and then the long process of painting began. A couple teachers at WMO received a grant to create the amazing garden and that funded any expenses for the rain barrels. As far as the color of paints they had, they only had primary colors and browns, so they had to mix paints to make any colors that were not primary. “Painting was the longest part since I have two classes that meet every other day (alternating),” she said. Once Garcia got approval from the district to install, she just needed Mike’s help again. “He gave his own time on two different dates so both classes got to help attaching the install kits (bought from the COWS). Pipes that connect to the down spouts and spickets to retrieve the water. Next he re-

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pellate courts, including six years on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento. As Chief Justice she also chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments. A Sacramento native, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye attended C. K. McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College before graduating with honors

from the University of California, Davis, later receiving her JD from the UC Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., School of Law. She worked as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and then served on the senior staff of Governor Deukmejian, first as deputy legal affairs secretary and later as a deputy legislative secretary. 
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Jenny Garcia is a science teacher at Westmore Oaks and a major project in her classes has been to install rain barrels. She is really proud of the work her students did on this project, and would love to be able to publicly acknowledge them -- as well as NorCal Beverage, which donated the used barrels, and master gardener for the city, Mike Vilhauer, who was an amazing volunteer helper. Shown here is Jenny and Mike. turned to help attach the barrels to the down spouts that are in our garden. We doubled the barrels since there are four down spouts. Now my students are just creating conclusion display boards to share with others,” she said. The water will be used to water the many things growing in the garden, Garcia explained. “Soon there will be many new things going into our grade level planter boxes. They will be able

to water with our free rainwater that is close by.” The barrels can now be used by anyone for many things, she said, adding that they will be great for many math, writing, and science projects. “But, also, historically rain barrels have not always been looked upon so positively. That opens up a whole box of learning. Of course, my students will continue using the rain barrels as a focal point for all our conservation

lessons (water and electrical). Moving water is the biggest use of electricity in California.” Speaking about her overall experience with the rain barrel project, she said, she “loved completing this project. I love teaching, but I love it more when the students are learning things that help them and the world. This was a new type of experience for all of us. It was exhausting and sometimes stressful, but all worth

it. I did not realize how proud I was going to be in the end of this. Really this is just the beginning. We learn so much about renewable energy and resources in my Science Club Class. I am sure there are many more proud moments in my future in regards to using these barrels. But, beaming and wanting to cry really sums up my feeling! Our students can do amazing things if they are given the right tools to do so.”

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News-Ledger - January 27, 2016  
News-Ledger - January 27, 2016