WSSC, Prince George’s County Public Schools Launch New Fats, Oils and Grease Curriculum
Students Use Hands-On Approach to Learning About the Harmful Effects Fats, Oils and Grease Have on Sewer Systems
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – June 9, 2015 – WSSC and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) celebrated the launch of a countywide curriculum-approved Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) lesson that teaches students about the sewer system and the harmful effects FOG can have when poured into the sewer pipes. County and WSSC officials gathered at Walker Mill Middle School on Friday, June 5 as 24 students took part in their first FOG science lesson.
PGCPS sixth graders will be taking an up-close look at the causes and consequences of FOG. The new lesson uses the five E’s model for teaching – engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration and evaluation. Through hands-on activities students explore the environmental impact of FOG and how solutions can help keep the Chesapeake Bay and waterways clean and sewer pipes free of FOG.
“This is an exciting opportunity that not only helps promote STEM education at a young age but also encourages and empowers kids to join the fight against FOG” said Wayne Ludwig, WSSC Fats, Oils and Grease Program Unit Coordinator. “Showing kids how their family’s every day cooking can create contaminants that can clog pipes and potentially result in messy, stinky sewer backups and overflows can help reach adults and encourage them to can the grease instead of pouring it down the drain.”
“The students’ parents sent emails saying how they never knew they couldn’t pour grease down the drain,” said Nadine Gaujean, sixth grade teacher at Walker Mill Middle School. “Their kids told them how important it is to can the grease instead. They didn’t know until they learned it from their kids.”
The new FOG lesson is aligned to meet Maryland state standards and was approved by the PGCPS Board of Education in 2014. PGCPS teachers began rolling out the new lesson in February. WSSC and PGCPS worked side by side throughout development of the lesson curriculum, which included technical expertise and training from WSSC’s FOG experts.
To learn more about WSSC’s FOG program visit our Can the Grease page at wsscwater.com/canthegrease.
WSSC works with Prince George’s and Montgomery County schools throughout the year. For schools interested in learning more about WSSC’s school-specific programs and other opportunities visit our Education and Recreational Activities page or call the Communications Office at 301-206-8100.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.