October 25, 2022
As our Firm considered how to best celebrate our 10-year anniversary, it became clear that our focus should be on the future — a reflection of Bonton Associates’ forward-looking mission and vision. “Our goal for 2022 is to give back by educating the community about the value of investing in our water and transportation infrastructure, and how these resources improve the quality of life for all,” explains Darius Bonton.
Our leadership sought to reach an even wider audience with its education efforts. The result is Drips and Drops and Splashy Facts About Water, an educational coloring book designed for children and teachers from kindergarten through second grade. The Bonton team worked with TILT, a Baton Rouge design and branding firm, to create an age-appropriate story of water, its everyday importance, and how a public water system works.
“Kids and families use water every day at home, school, work and many other places,” says Darius Bonton. “It can be something we all just take for granted, so we wanted to create a fun classroom resource that highlights this critical resource and helps the youngest generation understand why it’s so important to get smarter about water.”
The book includes narrative information about water, water systems and the water engineering profession; questions and prompts for teachers to help students dive deeper into certain topics; and full-page illustrations for kids to color. Partnering with Baton Rouge Alliance for Students, Bonton Associates is working to make this learning resource available to schools statewide.
"Becoming more knowledgeable about water also shapes the way we collectively view our transportation future,” adds Marcus Bonton. “Here in the firm, we’re fully committed to the implementation of green infrastructure, which is a resilient approach to managing stormwater runoff.” Within a transportation network, green infrastructure design features such as rain gardens, bioswales, urban tree canopies and more serve to protect, restore and mimic the natural water cycle.