Hairgrove student wins ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’ essay contest

November 5, 2020

Hairgrove student wins water essay contest
Hairgrove Elementary School fourth grade student Elizabeth Diaz poses with a few of the prizes she earned after being named a winner of the “Imagine a Day Without Water” essay contest put on by Houston Public Works and the City of Houston. Diaz was the winner in level two and was honored during the Houston City Council meeting on Oct. 20.

Nov. 5, 2020—Hairgrove Elementary School fourth grade student Elizabeth Diaz was recognized among the winners of the “Imagine a Day Without Water” essay contest put on by Houston Public Works and the City of Houston, and was honored during the Houston City Council meeting on Oct. 20.

Diaz was among four winners, garnering top honors in level two.

“I was super excited, and so was my mom,” said Diaz, who received a certificate and gift card. “It’s hard to imagine because it’s never happened before.”

The contest was open to all students in the City of Houston between the first-eighth grade. More than 300 students participated in the writing competition.

“There were just some absolutely creative essays,” Councilman David Robinson said before honoring the four winners. “These young people did a wonderful job.”

Houston Public Works is responsible for the administration, planning, maintenance and management of the city’s infrastructure, which includes the production and distribution of more than 146 billion gallons of water per year across parts of four counties.

Robinson read a proclamation after recognizing Diaz and the other winners, and Mayor Sylvester Turner followed by proclaiming Oct. 21 as “Imagine a Day Without Water in Houston.”

Diaz wrote about the many aspects of everyday life that would suffer without access to water, including her family preparing food and her dog, Lucas, not having anything to drink.

“I love taking care of my dog and making sure he has water,” Diaz said. “Water is important to everyone.”

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