23rd annual Kitsap Water Festival needs volunteers

CENTRAL KITSAP — Learning about water is fun.

Learning about water is especially fun when third- and fourth-graders get to spend the day at the 23rd annual Kitsap Water Festival, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Anywhere from 1,000 to 1,200 students from across the county will get to participate in the interactive exhibits such as fish printing, storytelling, “Fin the Migrating Salmon” and more.

But while the kids get to have fun learning about the importance of the water cycle, a few helping hands are needed to ensure things run smoothly.

“The volunteers get to help with games and activities or fish printing, set up, clean up, etc.,” said Kimberly Jones, with Kitsap Public Health.

Jones is helping to coordinate the volunteer efforts for the water festival, and said she’s looking for 50-60 volunteers to sign up.

“They can kind of get to choose what they want to help with,” she said. “Some of it depends on what time they’re available, so if they’re not available all day, they probably wouldn’t be doing clean up.”

The volunteer sign up sheet enables people to indicate what time they’re available, as well as select which area they’d like to volunteer in, including:

— Fish printing, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Messy but fun, says the sign-up sheet)

— Games and activities, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

— Bus wrangler, 8-10:15 a.m.

— Festival set up, 6:30-9 a.m.

— Festival clean up, noon to 2:30 p.m.

— Sort lunchtime recycling for Kitsap Solid Waste, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers can also mark that they are available to volunteer “wherever I am needed,” within their available time, “for those who are super flexible,” according to the sign-up sheet.

Each volunteer will receive breakfast, lunch and an official Water Festival T-shirt to wear during the event — and keep, said Jones.

If interested, volunteer registration is due March 31, 2017. For more information or to register online, visit www.kpud.org/waterfestival/volunteer.php.

For more information, contact Kimberly Jones at 360-728-2222, or kimberly.jones@kitsappublichealth.org.

The Kitsap Water Festival is sponsored by Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division; West Sound Utility District; Silverdale Water District; Kitsap Public Utility District; Parametrix; Kitsap Public Health District; NoaNet; City of Bremerton Public Works and Utilities; and City of Bainbridge Island.

Michelle Beahm is a reporter for the Central Kitsap Reporter and Bremerton Patriot. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublishing.com.

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