By Rachel McIntee

Toho Water Authority teamed up with the Celebration Foundation and Creation Kids Village to partner in a unique way. In celebration of water conservation month, Toho Water Authority helped the Thriving In Place members and Creation Kids Village students build terrariums. The members and students were able to take the terrariums home as a keepsake from the lunch event, as well.

Derek Cummings, head of Creation Kids Village said, “Learning with the Thrivers is an incredible blessing for our students. Relationships grew through the stories and wisdom shared as we ate, built terrariums, and laughed together.”

Throughout the process of building the terrariums, Toho Water Authority’s Public Information Officer, Mary Cox, discussed ways the students and members can save water daily. A few of the suggested water conservation tips included turning off the facet while brushing your teeth, dropping the tissue in the trash instead of flushing it, and cutting back on the length of time of your shower. These are only a few ways to help conserve water that we can begin actively doing today! To see more information, visit for additional water conservation tips.

Thriving In Place member and lunch participant, Wayne Sakaske, mentioned his wife’s connection to Creation Kids Village, “Corinne volunteered at Creation Kids Village through Thriving In Place during 2015-2016. Neil Lincoln was aware of her career in education and facilitated the opportunity. When we saw Derek Cummings on Friday while having a delicious lunch and delightful visit with the children, he remembered and said, ‘wonderful, a full circle’.”

Thriving In Place is a community-based membership program under the umbrella of the Celebration Foundation. Our members are Celebration residents who are at least 55 years of age, or a person with a disability of any age, who want to stay in their own homes and lead a healthy, safe, independent, and productive life. For questions regarding Thriving In Place, please call Rachel McIntee at 407-572-9850, e-mail, or visit the office at 690 Celebration Avenue.