LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2017) – Winners of the Save the Drop Water Conservation Contest received their prizes today at ceremony held during Board of Education’s Budget, Audit and Facilities Committee meeting.
The competition was sponsored in partnership with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to motivate students to demonstrate strategies to conserve water.
The three top schools each received $50,000 check to fund a conservation project at their campus. In addition, 12 winners representing first through twelfth grades, received a $10,000 check for a project at their school.
“The purpose of this contest was to promote awareness and conserve water. Students were encouraged to use their creativity to show how this resource can be saved at school and at home,” the District’s chief facilities executive Mark Hovatter said.
The campaign’s mascot, The blue-costumed “Water Drop,” added to the festivities in a board room filled with students, teachers and principals.
“We planned a special recognition to acknowledge the spectacular work of our students,” said Christos Chrysiliou, director of architecture and engineering services for the Facilities Services Division.
The top champions, who earned $50,000, were chosen from three categories.
Elementary: Tweedy Elementary School, 5th grade entry
Middle School: Walter Reed Middle School, 6th grade entry
High School: Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, 10th grade entry
The winners, who received $10,000, were chose for each grade level.
1st Grade – Kester Avenue Elementary School – MPB’s Water Wise Wee
2nd Grade – Chase Street Elementary School – Cougar Conservationists
3rd Grade – Christopher Dena Elementary School – Dena Super Eagles
4th Grade – Granada Community Charter – Room 21
5th Grade – Tweedy Elementary School – Water is for Life
6th Grade – Walter Reed Middle School – Environmental Science Academy
7th Grade – Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School
8th Grade – Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet – Arroyo Water Savers
9th Grade – Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet – Rainwater Catchment & Gray Water Collectors
10th Grade - Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet – Rain Gardens
11th Grade – Bravo Medical Magnet – O-Life Garden Club
12th Grade – Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet – Environmental Sustainability Movement
The contest was judged by representatives from L.A. Unified’s Sustainability Initiatives Unit and LADWP, who chose the water conservation winners based on how well the entry requirements were executed in their action plans.
“Congratulations to all of the winning schools. I really hope this exercise and partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and LADWP, will help change a whole culture, to ensure that our kids and their kids conserve water in everything they do,” Hovatter said.
“We are striving to make conservation a way of life for all our students,” Chrysiliou said. He added, “Thank you for looking out for our friend, the Drop.”
Contact: Elvia Perez Cano (213) 241-6766