Arts & Culture Government Schools

Three St. John School Students Win MWRA Poster and Writing Contests

News from the MWRA:

We are pleased to announce that three students of St. John School in the North End have won MWRAʼs annual poster and writing contests.

Julia Pistorino, grade K, won Third Place in the poster contest and Francesco Cirulli, also grade K, won Honorable Mention. Annie Broderick, grade 4, won Honorable Mention in the writing contest.

A ceremony honoring the winning students and their teachers was held at Deer Island on May 25, 2012. The students received Special Citations from Rep. Eugene L. OʼFlaherty and Rep. Carlo P. Basile.

This year, students from schools across MWRAʼs service area were challenged to create posters about what happens at the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant or to write about the benefits of water conservation. MWRA received more than 1,750 posters and over 1,100 writing entries.

The annual poster and writing contest is part of MWRAʼs School Education Program, which educates students and teachers about the public health significance of water supply and wastewater treatment. To view all the winning posters and essays, visit




Annie Broderick
Grade 4, St. John School, North End, Boston
Beth Picknally, Teacher

So You Want To Be A Water Saver?

So you want to be a water saver?  If you want to be a water saver, here are some tips for you.

Are you running a marathon in the shower? You’re taking forever! It only takes five minutes! And I don’t think Goldie the goldfish wants to be flushed down the toilet (dead or alive.) For the billionth time, the toilet is NOT a trash can! When washing your hands you don’t need to take twenty minutes! You’re not performing surgery!

Other ways to save water include filling the bathtub halfway and always make sure you tighten the faucets so they don’t drip.  Turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth! Do you think money grows on trees?

And, speaking of trees, you don’t need to use your sprinklers. A hose or watering can will do the trick.

Again, be a water saver not a water waster.  You’ll save gallons of water with each flush and brush.