Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

February 18, 2014

SLS students participate in project

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — St Louis School students have been selected to paint rain barrels for the Rain Barrel Art Project through the Regional Storm Water Collaborative, popularly known as, reported principal Chad Moeller.

The project, which is hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, is a joint effort to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by stormwater runoff.

Artists from all over the Ohio River Valley, whose artworks were selected, are working on the barrels. St Louis School students from grades 4-8, under the leadership of visual art teacher Hilary Carvitti, are painting eight of 50 barrels. There are many student-planned designs being created, including many nature scenes, such as a beach, garden and even a Chinese landscape, and some centered around vibrant patterning.

The completed barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Go Green Garden during April. Sophia Cifuentes, the zoo’s sustainability coordinator, said, “The zoo is thrilled to be hosting the rain barrel event once again. As the Greenest Zoo in America, we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways.”

The event’s grand finale is the April 24 Rain Barrel Art Auction. The painted barrels will be auctioned during the Party for the Planet event hosted by the zoo. Auction proceeds will be used for conservation education in the Ohio River Valley.

The Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area via an entertaining yet educational medium. Even though rain barrels conserve water and save money, people are less likely to use them given their dull appearance. believes that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels will make them more desirable and increase public interest.