Mayor, students mark 'World Water Day' at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hundreds gather at Rock Hall

CLEVELAND - Hundreds of area students marked World Water Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

School kids from John Hay, Cleveland Leadership Academy, Stokes Academy and Our Lady of the Lake all started the day by marching from Cleveland City Hall to the Rock Hall with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The students all wore T-shirts with the slogan 'Cleveland Water Rocks' and carried decorated plastic water bottles to draw attention to drinking water related issues worldwide.

Teachers with the group told NewsChannel5 the students have been studying the topic of fresh water resources and would be getting further education during the day-long field trip.

Erin Huber, the Director of Cleveland based, Drink Local. Drink Tap., the freshwater advocacy group which organized the day's activities, asked all Northeast Ohioans to think about the water that they are using today.

"Kick that bottled water habit," said Huber.

Huber urged people to use water responsibly and urged consumers to join in conservation efforts.

"There are lots of things you can do locally," said Huber. "You can take a shorter shower. Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. Find out when to volunteer to clean up your beaches."

Huber said the Drink Local. Drink Tap. website has information on how to volunteer.

Mayor Jackson noted how "precious and unique" Cleveland's water supply is and said the involvement of young people in events like World Water Day is important.

"When kids learn something and they carry it on, then it really helps in the future to have impact on policies around fresh water," the mayor said.

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