Students create jingle for water conservation

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

Water conservation for Lindsey-Steiner student Taryn Wood is an important topic to her.

“We have to conserve water for the future generation. We can’t survive without it,” Wood said.

Wood and six other fifth grade students, with the help of their teacher Danna Smith, created a jingle to bring awareness to saving water.

The students are in the school’s student council and were learning about energy in Smith’s class.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students, from right to left, Kylie Niece, Taryn Wood, Brie Russ, Sean Carandall, Ruth Chavez and Juan Manuel Carbajal, talk about water conservation with their teacher Danna Smith on Wednesday at Lindsey-Steiner. Smith is showing them a poster about conservation.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students, from right to left, Kylie Niece, Taryn Wood, Brie Russ, Sean Carandall, Ruth Chavez and Juan Manuel Carbajal, talk about water conservation with their teacher Danna Smith on Wednesday at Lindsey-Steiner. Smith is showing them a poster about conservation.

“The students and I were calculating how much water our town would save if we changed some daily habits likes taking shorter showers and washing full loads of laundry,” Smith said.

The students then wanted to share the information with the community and decided to make a jingle about conserving water.

The six students worked together to come up with a slogan for the song and Wood and Kylie Niece contributed to the singing part of the jingle.

“Did you know that Portales residents use more than 1 million gallons of water a year?” said Juan Manuel Carbajal in his part of the jingle.

“They gave recesses to work on the jingle and memorize it,” Smith said.

After a week-and-a-half of memorization, the students made a trip to the station and for Niece it was a dream come true.

“When I grow up I want to be a singer, so going into the station was so cool and I got to sing,” Niece said.

Brie Russ said it was really cool to hear the jingle on the radio and the students also got to learn more about how recording works as well.

The Portales City Council honored the students and Smith at its May 6 meeting. They received certificates and had the jingle played in front of the councilors.

The two other students who participated in the jingle’s creation were Ruth Chavez and Sean Carandall who both found it weird to hear their voices on the radio. Jackson Smith also helped the students with the jingle, but he was absent the day of the recording.

The students also worked on posters about conserving water which are displayed at local businesses around Portales. The school received a $300 grant from the city for the posters.

Smith said she used Xcel Energy’s school program resources which helped inspire her to teach about energy and conservation.