Rain Barrel Project

web1.jpgIn 2008, Haine Middle School fifth grade students led by Allison Stebbins, teamed up with Lorin Meeder, Cranberry Environmental Programs Coordinator to initiate the Rain Barrel Project. The student “Rainkeepers” researched what would help conserve water in their community, raised funds to purchase rain barrels, and conducted instructional classes in partnership with Cranberry Township

A rain barrel system attaches to a gutter to catch rain water from the roof, preventing runoff. The water can then be used for watering a garden or washing a car.

Haine Middle School won the grand prize in Pennsylvania’s Earth Day 40 Schools Challenge in April of 2010. This grand prize transformed Haine Middle School into a park for a day, with geology programs, nature walks, and many interested classes. The prize also included a $1,000 gift certificate to WARDS Scientific provided by Waste Management; 10 fishing rods with tackle provided by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; a framed wildlife print provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission; Illuminating Education program materials, including a classroom supply of compact fluorescent light bulbs provided by the Department of Environmental Protection; and a plaque and a native tree for planting at the school provided by DCNR.

The Rain Barrel Project was chosen as one of four winners in the 2010 Youth Award Program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. The $500 award was used to continue in the effort to educate Township residents about water conservation and rain barrel usage. Learn more about the project

View the 2011 Haine Middle School/Cranberry Township Rain Barrel Instructional Program