In partnership with the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association, FSAWWA, the City of Boca Raton participated in the annual Drop Savers poster contest. The poster contest invited students from all Boca Raton schools, both public and private, grades Kindergarten through Eighth, to have fun and participate in water conservation at their homes. Each participant had to submit an entry on a letter-sized poster. The poster had to show a slogan, drawing, or a combination of the two with a water conservation theme.
The contest was divided into four grade divisions for judging: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8. The posters were judged on their water conservation message, creativity, and originality -- not just on their artistic ability. A panel of judges at utility services reviewed over 800 entries and chose a winner in each division. Division winners were submitted to the FSAWWA for the statewide competition.
The winners were:
- Division 1 / K-1: Blake Weiner, 1st grade, Pine Crest School
- Division 2 / 2-3: Nora Qiao, 3rd grade, Pine Crest School (Placed 2nd in Division 2 FSAWWA statewide competition)
- Division 3 / 4-5: Jeremy Babcock, 4th grade, Pine Crest School
- Division 4 / 6-8: Ava Rodriguez, 7th grade, St. Joan of Arc
Winners and their families were invited up to take pictures with Mayor Scott Singer, describe their posters and receive prizes. (See pictures and the posters created below)
"We're very proud of you all," said Mayor Singer. "You had hundreds of competitors in all these divisions and to have your posters selected really speaks volumes about the quality of your work and your passion. Frankly, we're all 70 percent water so you're speaking to our core function in making sure our water is saved."
Utility Services staff continues to support and take part in outreach programs every year to educate the students and residents of the City. They have reached approximately 2,500 people this through plant tours, schools, public and special events, and the Drop Savers program.
The City also presented a Water Conservation Month proclamation to Utility Services that encourages residents to conserve water during the month of May.