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This picture book, written by the 2020 cohort of River Stewards for the third-grade reading level, takes readers on a colorful adventure through the Great Miami River.
The writing process began in the fall of 2019 with events with area watershed leaders, educators and children. After children wrote and drew their favorite memories from the river, the River Stewards employed the children’s words and pictures to help articulate the landmarks, lessons and literary elements in the book.
In the spring of 2020, the River Stewards wrote, illustrated and designed the book — a story that incorporates local landmarks, fundamental watershed education, and native species. With the support of several grants, they had the book printed for RiverMobile education programs and for circulation in local libraries and schools.
The digital version is available here free for download. The River Stewards also made a variety of STEM and art activities available:
University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
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University of Dayton. River Stewards, "Into the River" (2020). Rivers Institute Publications. 4.
Copyright © 2020 University of Dayton and the Authors
2020 cohort of River Stewards: Austin Williamson, Baylor Johnson, Carter Spires, Casey Willson, Cassidy Count, Claire Roberts, Jack Hallagan, Katherine Kirchner, Kelly Hines, Meaghan Lightfoot, Natalie Merline, Noël Michel, Rachel Carr, Sammy Miller, Troy Lampenfeld, and Zack Jordan.
Graphic designer: Noël Michel
Illustrator: Sammy Miller
Sponsors: Miami Conservancy District, Five Rivers MetroParks, the City of Dayton Water Department; the City of Dayton Division of Environmental Management, and the University of Dayton.
Other contributors: Students at Donnelsville Elementary, Smith Elementary, Brookville Intermediate, and the Dayton Regional STEM School contributed illustrations.
About the River Stewards: The River Stewards program is the flagship program of the Rivers Institute housed in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton.