A Creekside Elementary School fourth-grader’s mission was to test the water in a local creek and determine if fish and bugs could survive in it.
Natalie Simmons took a sample of the water and dipped a test strip in it. Then she compared the color of the strip to a chart to see if the acidity of the water in Hurricane Creek in Franklin would support life.
About a dozen students at the Franklin school took science and environmental lessons to a local creek when they tested the water with the help of the Franklin Department of Public Works.
The students are members of the school’s bionomics club, an organization headed by teachers who teach special classes such as art, music and gym. The club’s goals are protecting the environment through recycling and taking the message to their classmates.