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Larry Senior teaches children from the Clinton area after school program about the Archimedes Screw at the historic de Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, Ill. Volunteer educators started their new spring program, "Water, Water. Everywhere." The group hopes to host about 1,000 kids from April through September.

Natalie Conrad/Clinton Herald
Herald Staff Writer

Water, flooding and windmills are some of the topics covered in the new Windmill Cultural Center school spring and summer program, “Water, Water Everywhere.”

Volunteer educators guided children from the Clinton area after school program through five stations of learning at the center and inside the historic de Immigrant Windmill on Wednesday.

“We had 750 kids participate in our program last year and are hoping for about 1,000 this year,” education committee member Nancy Kolk said.

The program offered in April, May, all summer and into the fall draws in school and daycare groups along with summer camps from the Clinton area and Quad-Cities area.

 Kathy Rynders gives children an introduction to flooding control and humans versus the elements at one station, while Pam VanZuiden leads a story time station related to the Mississippi River both at the Windmill Cultural Center. At the next two stations, groups get to learn how the windmill works, by going inside the de Immigrant Windmill.

Retired Fulton High School Science Teacher Larry Senior gives a hands-on presentation on the Archimedes Screw, inclined plane and how it relates to Dutch history in the lower level of the windmill.

Children then move upstairs to meet Volunteer Millers Ed Kolk and Ernie Eades and learn about the products milled and how the process works along with a special treat. The program concludes with a presentation on sandbagging by Trudy Feldt, with each group filling their own sandbag.

Groups interested in participating in the program can contact Heather Bennett, executive director of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, at (815) 589-4545 or chamber@cityoffulton.us.

The cost is $1 per child.

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