Congratulations to Stella Gruel '28 on her winning essay for the 21st annual Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Middle School Essay Contest! The contest was open to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in metro Atlanta counties and received over 500 essay submissions. This is the third year in a row a Galloway student has won this essay contest for the City of Atlanta jurisdiction!
Students had to think of ways in which Metro Atlanta can be more resilient in face of these more extreme weather events, exploring the connections between the cycle of droughts and floods and your drinking water. For her essay, Stella chose to describe how more extreme drought and flooding events affect our access to clean, safe water and also examined the ways in which metro Atlantans can conserve water and combat climate change in their communities.
An excerpt from Stella's essay is available below.
"Water is the basis of life. Without accessible clean water, we could not function normally. So, what can the citizens of Atlanta do to fight against this and use less water? In your home, there are many little things you can do. You can turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, make sure there are no leaks in your pipes, and try to curb how much water you use daily like watering plants and lawns and time in the shower. Looking at the bigger picture, we as residents of Atlanta and fellow human beings must value water as the precious resource that it is."