Bubbler advocates wield word power
Water bubblers became the focus of persuasive letter writing by a group of Clyde Fenton Primary School students.
The Katherine-based Grade 1/2 schoolchildren wrote to town mayor Fay Miller, lobbying for the installation of drinking fountains at the Katherine Town Adventure Playground.
About fifty handwritten letters were presented to the mayor as a book. To further publicise their cause, five students read their letters to an open council forum of more than 100 townspeople.
Principal Jeff Parker said: “What a great experience for these kids! They not only learnt to write persuasive texts, but they’ve seen how their writing can work for change in the Katherine community.”
Grade 1/2 teacher Kylie Lake added: “It was amazing to see such young students identify an issue within the town, and actively seek out ways to amend it.”
Students Bethany Ross, David Eales and Alisha Williamson, are proud of their submissions to the campaign.
”I was pleased to go to the council,” said Bethany. “I felt shy, but brave too, and I liked how my writing was neat for the mayor.”
“I felt happy that I wrote the letter, and that I did two pages to the mayor to ask her for a bubbler for the park,” said David.
“It was exciting when I got to stand up to read my letter in front of the mayor and the elected members,” said Alisha.
The Katherine Town Council has decided to add the bubblers, and it is seeking quotes for their installation.