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May 24, 2011 > Water, water everywhere, not a drop to waste

Water, water everywhere, not a drop to waste

Submitted By Frank Jahn

Water quality and supply is serious business for everyone; it is the sole purpose of local water districts. In the Tri-Cities, Alameda County Water District not only assures the quality and availability of this essential resource, but endeavors to educate everyone, especially children, about how to protect our sources from overuse and environmental disaster.

More than 120 people attended the Alameda County Water District's Water Conservation Poster and Slogan Contest awards ceremony May 19. Thirty-seven students from public and private schools in Fremont, Newark, and Union City were honored for their creativity in producing posters and slogans reminding residents of the Tri-City area of the importance of using water wisely. Winning entries appear in ACWD's 2011-2012 Water Conservation Calendar.

The 25 posters and 12 slogans highlighted in this year's calendar were judged to be the winners (based on artistic ability, creativity, and water conservation message) from over 1,150 entries.

Allen Wang, a fifth grader at Chadbourne Elementary School in Fremont, was the grand prize winner in this year's contest. His poster appears on the cover of the Water Conservation Calendar. Mrs. Streight, Wang's teacher, received a check for $100 she can use for a classroom project or field trip.

Evelyn Chen, a first grader at Gomes Elementary School in Fremont, and Luna Jing, a sixth grader at Warm Springs Elementary School in Fremont, were both first place winners. Their posters also appear prominently in the calendar. Each winner was congratulated by an ACWD Board member; winners received award certificates and gift certificates to a local department store.

The Poster and Slogan Contest is an annual event open to 1st-6th grade classrooms in the ACWD service area. Over 1,150 students submitted entries this year, representing 39 schools and more than 129 classrooms. ACWD has sponsored the Poster and Slogan Contest since 1998.

The Poster and Slogan Contest is just one element of ACWD's School Education Program. The Education Program provides local school classrooms with educational resources that stress the various facets of water science and water management with the objective of producing citizens capable of making informed decisions regarding state and local water resources. The education program reaches more than 27,000 students annually throughout the Tri-City area.

The following is a list of 2011 winners:

Grand Prize
Allen Wang * Grade 5 * Chadbourne Elementary School
Teacher: Leslie Streight

First Place Grades 1-3
Evelyn Chen * Grade 1 * Gomes Elementary School
Teacher: Diana Rodrigues

First Place Grades 4-6
Luna Jing * Grade 6 * Warm Springs Elementary School
Teacher: Ida Wong

Poster Winners
Diane Jiang * Grade 6 * Weibel Elementary School
Jason Tan * Grade 6 * Gomes Elementary School
Tavish Mohanti * Grade 2 * Mission Valley Elementary School
Gloria Yang * Grade 4 * Chadbourne Elementary School
Kaleea Parungao * Grade 6 * Christian Community Schools
Krish Kumar * Grade 2 * Warwick Elementary School
Savannah Rampola * Grade 4 * Milani Elementary School
Saisha Agrawal * Grade 6 * Forest Park Elementary School
Tiffany Kwan * Grade 3 * Patterson Elementary School
Jared Yuan * Grade 5 * Parkmont Elementary School

Honorable Mention
Julia Zhan * Grade 1 * Chadbourne Elementary School
Katherine Zhang * Grade 2 * Gomes Elementary School
Helen Chen * Grade 3 * Gomes Elementary School
Danielle Hsieh * Grade 3 * Mission San Jose Elementary School
Elaine Chan * Grade 4 * Weibel Elementary School
Julia Ong * Grade 4 * Patterson Elementary School
Nancy Zuo * Grade 4 * Weibel Elementary School
Su Thwe * Grade 5 * Brier Elementary School
Ken Williams * Grade 5 * Patterson Elementary School
An-Chi Tsai * Grade 5 * Warm Springs Elementary School
Nichole Lim * Grade 5 * Stratford School
Joyce Wang * Grade 5 * Chadbourne Elementary School

Slogan Winners
Vivian Ross * Grade 5 * Mission San Jose Elementary School
Wasting water isn't very nice, if it's not saved we'll pay the price
Diya Indoliya * Grade 3 * Bunker Elementary School
We don't want water to fade away, so please save water, you'll be saving the day!
Carlos Gonzalez * Grade 5 * Alvarado Elementary School
H2O ain't going to last, so hurry people and save it fast
Cesar Castillo * Grade 3 * Snow Elementary School
Water wasters are money wasters
Prachi Verma * Grade 5 * Maloney Elementary School
Rain, hail, snow, they're all forms of water you know. Lakes, rivers, creeks, conserve our water please!
Jinee Pathak * Grade 6 * New Horizons School
Water is everywhere, in the soil, in the air. Let's save water for you and me, it is done happily
Taarini Hariharan * Grade 5 * Warm Springs Elementary School
Don't tell water "au revoir," we need to fill the reservoir!
Jamie Mastin * Grade 2 * Kennedy Elementary School
Saving a barrel of April showers will help you grow a barrel of flowers
Diego Berny * Grade 6 * Brookvale Elementary School
If the leaks in your house are zero, to me you're a super hero!
Isaac Barsky-Ex * Grade 4 * Parkmont Elementary School
Saving water everyplace can help protect the human race!
Mingjia Wang * Grade 4 * Weibel Elementary School
It will take less time than you think to stop the leaking from your sink
Pranav Nagarajan * Grade 5 * Forest Park Elementary School
Stop that leak! Proceed with haste! H2O is going to waste!


For more information, contact Frank Jahn, Public Education Specialist at Alameda County Water District (510) 668-4209 or visit www.acwd.org

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