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June 13, 2006 > Kids create slogans and posters for water district

Kids create slogans and posters for water district

A standing room only crowd filled the chambers of the Alameda County Water District (ACWD) Thursday evening, June 8. In the midst of a scheduled board meeting, time was set aside to recognize and congratulate teachers and students who participated in the annual ACWD Water Conservation and Slogan Contest. General Manager, Paul Piraino welcomed the group explaining that the primary goal of ACWD is to preserve and protect local water resources. Piraino noted that one method used to accomplish this goal is by educating citizens so they can make informed decisions. He detailed ACWD educational efforts including classroom presentations, field trips, school theater programs, teacher training workshops, a mini-grant program, internet resources and water education materials and curricula.

ACWD Public Education Specialist Frank Jahn introduced honorees and their teachers, promising to work hard at name pronunciation. He noted that his last name - pronounced as "John" - is often subject to different spellings and is, at times, confused as a second first name. With a smile, he added, "If I butcher your name, I feel your pain!" A fun game of "water cycle bingo" followed in which questions were asked and students in the audience answered to make sure all marked their bingo cards accurately. Miraculously, every player cried "Bingo" simultaneously, all winning the official ACWD pen they used to mark their bingo card.

On a more serious note, Jahn spoke for the staff and board members saying that the annual celebration for students and teachers is the "highlight of our year" and quipped, "This is the favorite part of my job." This year, the 9th year of the poster and slogan contest, a record 47 public and private schools and 160 first through sixth grade classrooms participated. Over 1,700 entries were submitted. Each year, winning poster and slogan entries are showcased in the ACWD water conservation wall calendar available to the general public.

Grand Prize Poster Winner for 2006 - 2007 is Ninon Becquart, a sixth grade student at Niles Elementary School. She was joined at the podium by her teacher, Mrs. Helen Boyer who received a $100 check to use for a celebration with her class. First place winners were divided into two categories, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. Third grade student Sneha Patkar of Forest Park Elementary School and sixth grade student Winnie Ding of Gomes Elementary School were honored for their winning entries. Their teachers, Mrs. Brandon and Mrs. McGee respectively, were also awarded checks for classroom celebrations.

Winning slogans varied from admonitions such as: "Do me a favor, be a water saver" by Annie Li and Mushel Kazmi's, "Don't let the water gush, turn off the faucet when you brush" to water saving tips such as, "You have the power to take a short shower" by Jessica Bee and Sunny Saimplay's, "If everyone saves a little we can save a lot," and "Saving water is very cool! At work, at home and at school!" by Tyler Costa.

Poster Winners:
Ninon Becquart, Niles Elementary (Mrs. Boyer); Brianna Nguyen, Warm Springs Elementary (Ms. Casey); Matt Eike, Gomes Elementary (Mr. Larsen); Benjamin Lei, Chadbourne Elementary (Mrs. Battistessa); Jordeen Chang, Gomes Elementary (Mrs. McGee); Snetha Patkar, Forest Park Elementary (Mrs. Brandon); Winnie Ding, Gomes Elementary (Mrs. McGee); Brandon Dong, Warwick Elementary (Ms. Clark); Tom Li, Brookvale Elementary (Mrs. Phillips); Deeksha Mehta, Gomes Elementary (Mr. Whiting); Andrew Hsu, Brookvale Elementary (Mrs. Phillips); Brandon Chen, Gomes Elementary (Mr. Larsen); Aniruddha Dayal, Mission Valley Elementary (Mr. Lee).

Slogan Winners:
Myron Angus, Forest Park Elementary (Mr. Ford); Tyler Costa, Brookvale Elementary (Mrs. Chapman); Stephanie Coleman, Christian Community School (Mrs. Hansen); Sanjna Thaker, Oliveira Elementary (Mrs. Williams/Mr. Haggans); Annie Li, Forest Park Elementary (Mr. Ford); Jessica Bee, Grimmer Elementary (Ms. Witrykus); Mushel Kazmi, Chadbourne Elementary (Mr. Dankwardt); Trina Benavidez, Niles Elementary (Mrs. Boyer); Sean Huang, Oliveira Elementary (Mr. Haggans); Sunny Saimplay, Brier Elementary (Mrs. River); Sasha Korshak, Green Elementary (Miss MacAdams); Ashley Swendseid, Forest Park Elementary (Mr. Ford).

Honorable Mention (Poster):
Jason Tsay, Weibel Elementary (Mr. Colglazier); Trista Ma, Forest Park Elementary (Mr. Gallenger); Ryan Henderson, Chadbourne Elementary (Mrs. Streight); George Chen, Parkmont Elementary (Mr. Benevides); Iris Pei, Challenger School (Ms. Lay); Alex Lu, Warwick Elementary (Ms. Clark); Alan Huang, Emanuele Elementary (Ms. Eames); Rishabh Malhotra (Durham Elementary (Mrs. Carbonaro); Celisse Tan, Holy Spirit School (Mrs. Martin); Jaynelle Gao, Chadbourne Elementary (Mr. Dankwardt); Alexandra Farhangui, Christian Community School (Miss Dietz); Hitomi Baba, Warm Springs Elementary (Mrs. Mentz).

To receive a water conservation calendar (while supplies last) or for more information about ACWD education programs, contact Frank Jahn at (510) 668-4209.

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