Water hot topic at Peoria Civic Center

By WEEK Producer

April 28, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local school kids are learning that it is easy being green.

On Monday, the 21st annual Clean Water Celebration was held at the Peoria Civic Center.

Students from grades K-12, along with the community, were all invited to take free classes on recycling and conservation.

There was story-telling and interactive exhibits.

"Its a way to reach over 2,000 students in one day and talk about water protection, why is water used, recycling and how to protect the environment," said Karen Cotton of Illinois American Water.

The clean water celebration is a joint effort between Illinois American Water, an arts and science group called The Sun Foundation, and The Rivers Project, which is a high school program.