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Students Host Rain Barrel Workshops

Creating a Ripple Effect: High School Students Host Rain Barrel Workshops

Can young people change the world? Madison Higbee and siblings Tyler, Wesley, and Nathan Newman of Canton, Georgia think so. Roughly 40 miles outside Atlanta, these high school students are creating ripples that are helping make changes throughout their community, watershed, and beyond.

“I think it is a young person’s duty to try to make our world a better place. Whether we know it or not, we can help change the world through even small actions,” said Tyler.

Hosting a rain barrel workshop with the Upper Etowah River Alliance, Tyler, and his brothers converted syrup drums donated by bottling partners of The Coca-Cola Company into rain barrels. By pressure-washing, drilling holes, and preparing all the materials needed, the Newman brothers helped peers convert these drums for a new use—collecting rainwater.