Illinois American Water Announces Winners of "Imagine a Day Without Water" Art Contest

This fall, Illinois American Water invited 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company's service area to participate in an "Imagine a Day Without Water" art contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalitions annual event to raise value of water service awareness.

"It's hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make our morning coffee, to cook family dinners, to fight fires, for public health and more. Even though water service is essential, the public often takes its value for granted." said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

He continued, "We want to thank our local educators for taking time to talk to their students about the value of water service. Our team was impressed with the quality of art contest entries received from across Illinois."

The art contest winners listed below earned a $100 donation for their classroom:
Hayden Meis, 4th grader at St. Mary's School in Pontiac
Samora Baldwin, 3rd grader at Cairo Elementary School in Cairo
Abigail Scales, 3rd grader at Central School in Lincoln
Sophie Taylor, 4th grader at St. Peters Catholic School in South Beloit
Zoe C. Higgins, 5th grader at Leal Elementary School in Urbana
Bailey Punkay, 5th grader at St. John Lutheran School in Champaign
Max Gorsage, 4th grader at S. Ambrose Catholic School in Godfrey
Caito Nicholas, 5th grader at East Elementary School in Alton
Chloe Hyatt, 4th grader at Mascoutah Elementary School in Mascoutah
Shy Hoffman, 5th grader at Scott Elementary School at Scott Air Force Base
Madison Cereno, 5th grader at St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook
Jorge Mejia, 4th grader at Bernard J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook
Anthony Gullens, 5th grader at Northlawn Junior High School in Streator
Lexie Dentino, 3rd grader at L.E. Starke Primary School in Pekin
Jocelyn Schmidt, 3rd grader at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria
Malyse Williams, 5th grader at Von Steuben Middle School in Peoria

The winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water's facebook page here - - and may be featured in future customer communications.


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