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June 26, 2012 > Local schools win water conservation contest

Local schools win water conservation contest

Submitted By Frank Jahn

Three local schools have won $1,000 each in the Alameda County Water District's "Let's Save Water" Water Conservation Contest.

Throughout the past school year, ACWD sponsored water conservation assemblies in 31 schools in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Performed by ZunZun, a musical duo from Santa Cruz, the assemblies focused on how students can save water around the house. At the end of each assembly, students were encouraged to visit a "secret" page on the ACWD website where they could enter a contest to help their schools win $1,000.

Once on the "secret" page, students watched a fun video featuring water conservation tips, took a short quiz about what they had learned from the video, and submitted their answers to ACWD. The three schools submitting the most valid entries would win $1,000.

Eastin Elementary School in Union City, Mission Valley Elementary School in Fremont, and Chadbourne Elementary School in Fremont were the three winners. More than 2,000 students from these three schools entered the contest. Altogether, nearly 7,000 students from the Tri-City area entered the contest.

Frank Jahn, ACWD Senior Public Information Representative, presented the schools with their checks during awards assemblies prior to the end of the school year. As a token of appreciation to those who helped their schools to win, each student received an ACWD aluminum water bottle emblazoned with the slogan, "There's Never Enough Water to Waste."

Water conservation assemblies are only one part of ACWD's School Education Program. Other facets of the program include classroom presentations, field trips, teacher workshops, a lending library, and free educational resources. The School Education Program reaches more than 27,000 Tri-City students each year. For more information, please visit www.acwd.org.

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