The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation launches a program aimed at raising awareness about urban, green practices called Paint the Rain.
Paint the Rain is a chance for all schools K-12 within Tippecanoe County to compete by painting a rain barrel. Each school can receive up to three rain barrels and all necessary installation equipment free of charge. Participation in this program is on a first come-first serve basis.
“Rain barrels are a great and easy way to improve water quality in the Wabash River by storing it on your property, rather than letting it run into storm drains,” said Angie Andrews of the City of Lafayette.
Sara Peel of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation said they hope to increase awareness about options to address water and water quality.
School classrooms will paint a theme on their rain barrel, then determine a long-term plan on how the barrel will be used, as well as providing an educational program for their barrel.
Painted rain barrels and application packets must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 25 in order to compete. The barrels will be judged on May 7 at 5:30 pm at a community gallery at the Big Four Depot, 200 N. Second St. in Lafayette.
Forty rain barrels will be provided to Tippecanoe County schools, with ten barrels available per age group – early elementary, late elementary, middle school and high school.
“Paint the Rain will provide WREC and our partners with the opportunity to reach residents throughout Tippecanoe County to encourage them to take steps to improve the Wabash River,” said Peel.
To learn more about Paint the Rain and opportunities for your school to get involved, click here.
To request a barrel, contact Sara Peel at the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation by phone at 765-337-9100, or by e-mail.