2009 Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest Winners
Slideshow of Selected Artwork from Borough and Citywide Winners
Selected Poetry from Borough and Citywide Winners
Slivers of white light drip, and break the surface of the pool of infinite
Tears of vitality
Crystal clear, healing, heavenly
I hear a child
cry and see the mother let the liquid flow down his throat
Seeping into his
veins, to reach his heart
Luminous pearls rest on the tips of the grass
The morning dew awakens
Settled so peacefully on each delicate blade
The wind whispers and so
gracefully, they trickle down to the dirt
Surrounding a seed, continuing the
The wheel lurches forward as life proceeds
My window is fogged, shielding me from the world
I raise my hand to wipe
it away, but instead I press my cheek against the cold glass
To sense the
vapor on my skin
My pulse quickens at its touch
I can feel it now
As the mist sets on my lips
I can taste it
It rises up as I breathe in
To smell the purity
I close my
eyes and see a river bank
The stream so lucid in this brilliant, white
Tumbling down from the clouds
I can feel it now…water
Alexandra, 6th Grade, Horace Mann School - Bronx
Water, Water Everywhere
Water, water everywhere,
We must conserve because we care.
We all must
chip in and do our job and help the human race,
So let’s do our best to not
Conserving water can be fun,
There are many things that can be
Taking short showers is just one.
Don’t run the water for too long
when doing tasks,
Otherwise our water won’t last.
Water is our life line.
It keeps our earth alive.
Without water, the
human body could not survive.
We need to drink it everyday,
So our brains can think in every way.
please, everybody let’s do our part
And help us save and strengthen our
PS 127 - Brooklyn
Save the water
Live life better
Don’t let your sink get
Conserve some water
Make Earth better
Grab a bucket
Fix your pipe
Never leave a leak alone
Make Earth better
When you brush your teeth
Conserve more water
Turn off the
Don’t bring up the bill
Make Earth better
After it precipitates
would be proud
Make Earth better!!
Bryan, Melissa, and Fernando, 5th Grade, PS 86 - Brooklyn
MY WATER, MI AGUA
My water, my water you are
My dearest friend
Agua, mi agua without you,
all humanity will end
Water is what I’m made of
And without it I could
My water, oh water
What have we done?
We’ve used and polluted
you all in the name of fun
Mi agua, mi agua
Help us understand
need to conserve you for other generations
My water, mi agua
How did this
happen? What can I do?
My water, poor water
Help us learn new ways to
Mi agua, ah probe aqua
The animals, the fish, the kids, and
the parents need you as well
Oh water, mi agua
Please don’t leave
Without you, mi agua, what will we do.
Cynthia, 5th Grade, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs - Manhattan
Turn it off, or take a sip.
Passing by….Conserve it’s use…
Before it dries.
Who’s to say….
If we don’t protect you,
You’ll be gone one day.
We use it to bathe,
Let’s all start to conserve and
We use to fill our pools….
Let’s stop using it like
We abuse our water to soak our lawns,
And wash our newborn baby borne.
We abuse our water to wash our cars,
And hope there’s water left on
You flow through our oceans and waterfalls,
wasted at fountains in our malls.
We fill you up in our water bottles….
But “Save Our Water” should be our
So listen up mothers, fathers, sons and daughters……
Do your part and SAVE
Khaliph, 5th Grade, PS 118 - Queens
Waste Me Not
About 8 million people live in New York City
Not doing their part to save
water is a pity
The average adult uses about 100 gallons a day
counts - we all have a role to play
Water is precious - take shorter showers
Use what you don't drink to water
Taking a shower instead of filling that tub
Could also save
water for our garden's shrub
Don't run the water when brushing your teeth
Shortage of water can cause
lots of grief
So turn off that tap while you soap that dish
enough water left for our fish
Wash your car with a bucket instead of a hose
To have enough water to give
your Valentine a rose
Make sure that your toilet does not have a leak
we do not waste water and dry out a creek
Run the washer only when it is completely full
Plant your garden when the
temperatures are cool
If you want to be able to keep your throat from getting
And quench your thirst when the sun is beating in the sky
Water is necessary for all living things on this Earth
We need it to
survive from the day of our birth
Water is special; it is heaven sent
is our body's most important nutrient
If you recklessly play with the hydrant's cap
There will be nothing
running from your tap
Firemen could be left without the help of this
To help prevent your home from becoming one level shorter
So waste me not by removing the cap to play
Even though children like to
run through my spray
Using this water requires permission from the
And wasting it is a selfish, awful, pity
Demetra and Katerina, 5th Grade, Saint Demetrios of Astoria -
A Pollution Nightmare
A happy little fish
Was swimming in a stream,
He fell asleep beneath a
And had an awful dream.
His little stream was poisoned,
With garbage and some junk;
was all dirty,
In fact it really stunk!
Toxic chemicals came pouring in,
The water became green.
A dark cloud
passed high above,
And down came acid rain.
The little fish was very sad
And he could hardly breathe.
turned to anger,
And he soon began to seethe.
He jumped out of the water
And loudly he did shout,
“You’ve got to keep
the water clean
or else you’ll kill the trout!”
Luckily, he soon awoke
And saw the stream was good.
water is precious
So treat it as you should.
George, 6th Grade, St. Joseph – St. Thomas – Staten Island
DO YOUT PART
Bottled water is a waste
It doesn’t have a better taste
Tap water is just as refreshing and good
Drinking it doesn't mess up our
All the plastic bottles in the environment are bad
Seeing our landfills
full of this stuff should make us all sad
When we buy bottled water, the money is not the only price we pay
earth pays the price because all of these bottles are here to stay
Sodium is added to bottled water, it’s true
So if you have hypertension or
heart problems, it’s not that good for you
Fluoride is added to New York City tap water for sure
So if you have bad
dental hygiene, this could be part of your cure
Millions of gallons of fossil fuels are used to make the plastic bottles we
One billion pounds of CO2 is added to the atmosphere - we all lose
Bottles water costs $1400 a year, if you drink 8 glasses a day
with tap water which costs .49 cents – it’s simply the better way
We need to protect our environment - we all need to do our part
drink New York City tap water you are off to a good start
Matthew, 5th Grade, PS 53 – Staten Island
Water Fun Then and Now
Settlers Everywhere Built
All In One Place
People And Children
In The City
Rubbing All Around The
In The Sprinklers Before The Dark.
Zoria, 5th Grade, PS 18 - Bronx