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Subject:   Viewland Fourth Graders Get Electrifying Experience
For Immediate Release:   
6/23/2006  3:00:00 PM
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Mark VanOss - (206) 684-3279


Viewlands Fourth Graders Get Electrifying Experience!

Seattle -- June is a hard month to keep kids in the classroom. So, bring the classroom outside! That's just what Roger Schimmeyer did with a fourth grade class from Viewlands Elementary. Thanks to some help from Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities, students got a first-hand look at the Cedar River Watershed which includes City Light's Cedar Falls power plant. They learned about the importance of water to people, fish and wildlife.


Students explore the Masonry Dam at Cedar Falls

It's all part of the City's effort to provide local students with educational information. Cedar Falls is accessible (40-minute drive from Seattle), educational, fun, engaging, and a great way to get out of the city and away from a desk for the day. Along the way, students learn about resource conservation, electrical safety, the science behind the production of electricity, and history (Cedar Falls is Seattle's original hydroelectric plant, and has been in continuous operation since 1905).


City Light's Mark VanOss explains how power is produced at Cedar Falls

The class, guided by Seattle City Light instructor Mark VanOss, journeyed to the heart of the gated Cedar River Watershed to walk across the masonry dam. The Watershed, also the source of Seattle's drinking water, is closed to public access as a way of protecting this valuable resource. Untouched by humans, the area serves as a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Students frequently spot deer, elk and occasionally bear on these field trips.

"It's really hard to limit our instruction to electricity on these trips," says VanOss. "You just never know what you're going to see here, and I always try to seize these "teachable" moments for student groups."


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