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Alton Murray Takes Third in Drinking Water Week Poster Contest

An image of Alton Murray's drawing for the poster contest.

Alton Murray, fifth grade student at Duchesne Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, placed third in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association’s Drinking Water Week poster contest. The contest was open to all fifth grade students within the state of Missouri.

“Seeing Murray take third is a major win,” said Michael Vordtriede, Probe and Gifted Education teacher at Duchesne. “It’s so vital that my students understand the importance of water and how it impacts our lives. It was amazing seeing the work my students created utilizing their knowledge of water.”

For more than 40 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week during the first full week in May. Drink Water Week is a week set aside each year to make people more aware of the benefits of tap water, and to recognize that having a safe and reliable water supply is important to the success of any community.

“This is our first time my students have participated in this, but it won’t be the last,” said Vordtriede. “I plan on working with my students again next year for the next contest.”