Elementary School

2018 Poster Contest

Each year, RCWD sponsors a poster contest for students in grades K-5. This year's theme, "Get SAVVY about Water Conservation," gives budding artists the chance to illustrate the importance of water conservation. The winning students, as well as their teachers, are honored at awards ceremonies throughout our service area. Of the winning posters, the top five posters are submitted to The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles for consideration and a possible spot on the WATER IS LIFE calendar. This contest is open to students between kindergarten and fifth grade only.

poster contest

Contest Guidelines:

Open to Grades TK-5.
Request the amount of official poster paper you will require ONLINE by clicking the following link:

Order Poster Paper By Clicking Here

by 4PM  September 22, 2017

  • Poster paper will be delivered by RCWD to your school front office the week of September 25-29, 2017.
  • Students must use official poster paper.
  • All artwork must be original artwork. NO computer, trademark or copyrighted artwork will be accepted.
  • Posters duplicating the artwork of past winners will be disqualified.    
  • Submitting more than two entries per class will disqualify all entries from that teacher.
  • At least one winner will be selected per school district.
  • Encourage students to focus on water conservation.  For example, when watering the landscaping, sprinklers should not cause run-off water waste; or, when brushing their teeth, students should turn the water off, instead of leaving it on. Please review the more than 100 tips listed at www.usewaterwisely.org.
  • Posters must be drawn horizontally within the border of the official poster paper.
  • For design purposes, any writing or artwork in the 1” border area disqualifies the poster.
  • Students should use BOLD, BRIGHT, and BRILLIANT colors using colored pencils, markers, paint, ink, fabric, cut paper, pencil, and/or watercolors.  Crayons not recommended.  If students elect to use crayons, we request that they select dark colors as the lighter colors do not show up well for reproduction purposes.
  • A short message about water MUST be written on the poster within the border.  Be concise, fewer words are better than more.
  • Artwork becomes the property of RCWD and may not be returned.
  • Select TWO winning poster from your class and submit to your school front office by: 


    , October 16, 2017 at 8 AM

  • RCWD will pick up winning posters from school front office the week of October 16-20, 2017.

  • Winners will be notified in late 2017 and honored at a recognition event in early 2018.


Theme – expression
Artistic execution


  • Minimum of one winner per school district.
  • Students and teachers will be honored at a ceremony in April, 2018


Winning students will receive a trophy, gift card, RCWD promotional item featuring artwork, framed artwork, and note cards.

Contact Info

For information, please contact Public Information Specialist Grace Cardenas
by telephone or email: 951-296-6933, 

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H2O Where Did you Go? School Assembly Program
Rancho California Water District is providing a NEW theater assembly program this year from Shows that Teach: H2O Where Did You Go? RCWD provides a COMPLIMENTARY environmental assembly program for schools in our service area. There is NO cost to your school. Performances are 40-45 minutes each. Separate programs are offered for grades K-2 and 3-6, and middle school audiences. 100 is the minimum number of students for a performance unless prior arrangements have been made. Scheduling is based on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to schools who have not previously received a performance. Performances will take place indoors. Performances will be scheduled based on the total number of students at your school.

To Schedule an assembly, please visit the website, email, or call:
             (818) 422-1872

*Please do not contact Rancho California Water District to schedule an assembly.

Gobi’s Adventure

Gobi, the water drop and his friend, Aguat, travel from their rain cloud above the Colorado River down to earth and have an adventure in trying to reunite as Gobi and Aguat learn the truth about California-friendly plants and discover the importance of water conservation. Teachers will receive the book “Gobi’s Adventure,” a story about outside water conservation as well as Gobi’s adventure lesson plan and materials to be used as a class set. This is a great reinforcement tool for the teacher to use throughout the year. Training on this curriculum is available. To order this curriculum, please contact Meggan Valencia at (951) 296-6922. This activity is intended for children between kindergarten and second grade and lasts around 20 to 30 minutes. View the Gobi curriculum packet.

Otis the Turtle

A complete lesson plan and curriculum packet which includes the storybook and an Otis the Turtle plush character. This is a great reinforcement tool for teachers to use throughout the year. This activity is for third and fourth graders. View the Otis curriculum packet.