Celebrating the Results of Fix a Leak Challenge 2017

Thanks to the Shoreline area elementary school “Leak Detectives” (aka students) and their awesome teachers, we’ve had a record-breaking year of great results in our annual Fix-A-Leak Challenge…

Fix a Leak Peters Meridian Park ElementaryPictured above: 5th prize winners from Ms. Denise Peters’ 4th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary

157 leaky toilets apprehended!

57 classrooms participated!

14 classrooms achieved 100% participation!

“I am super proud of this group of students for reaching 100% participation. I overheard them coaching and encouraging each other on how to do the test just so we could reach the 100% mark. – Ms. Sezate, Meridian Park Elementary’s 6th grade teacher”

Fix a Leak Meridian Park Sezate Class 1638 Ms. Sezate’s 6th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary School—100% participation!

Though Ms. Sezate’s classroom wasn’t selected during the prize drawing, her students still felt like winners. By working together as a team, they learned a lot about how small efforts can make a big difference. 27 students in her classroom tested 49 toilets and found 7 leaks… many of which have already been fixed:

“We had a leak in our toilet. My dad and I took the lid off and fixed the ring. Now it doesn’t leak!” – Louis from Ms. Sezate’s 6th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary

11% of Toilets Tested Had Leaks

All told, 720 students from 57 classrooms tested 1,354 toilets, and found 11% of those toilets were leaky. That’s a lot of water down the drain, and a nice savings to mom and dad once they got fixed. In some instances, testing required special feline attention:

“While we checked the toilets, my cat tried to stick his head in the bowl! Even he was feeling the suspense.” – Student from Mr. Fujii’s 5th grade class at Kings Elementary

Fix a Leak Peters Class Pizza Party Meridian Park Elementary Ms. Peters’ 4th grade class enjoys their 5th prize pizza party

Classes with 100% Participation

Special recognition goes out to the following classrooms that had 100% participation, which qualified their class for entry into a drawing for some special prizes:

  • Ms. Sarita Benson’s 6th grade class at Brookside Elementary School
  • Ms. Kelly Chacon’s Kindergarten class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Julia Gonzales’ 1st grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Joy Ness’ 1st grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Kimberly-Joy Dunphy’s 2nd grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Karen Pilman’s 3rd grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Jo Lindblad’s 3rd grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Cheri Cline’s Kindergarten class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Lindze Wilson’s 4th grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Katie Clum’s 5th grade class at Kings Elementary School
  • Ms. Lisa Sezate’s 6th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary School
  • Ms. Denise Peters’ 4th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary School
  • Ms. Stephanie Martin’s 4th grade class at Syre Elementary School
  • Ms. Janet Shin’s 2nd grade class at Briarcrest Elementary School

Congratulations to the Winning Classrooms!

Prize DrawingEach classroom that achieved 100% participation was entered into a drawing for one of five prizes, including school supplies and pizza parties.

On May 20, North City Water District Commissioner Charlotte Haines conducted the drawing during the Shoreline STEM Festival and Science Fair, as shown in the photo at right.

Congratulations to the following winning classrooms:

1st Prize: $500 in school supplies
Ms. Jo Lindblad ’s 3rd Grade class at Kings Elementary

2nd Prize: $300 in school supplies
Ms. Kelly Chacon’s Kindergarten class at Kings Elementary

3rd Prize: $100 in school supplies
Ms. Sarita Benson’s 6th Grade class at Brookside Elementary

4th Prize: class pizza party
Ms. Julia Gonzalez’s Kindergarten class at Kings Elementary

5th Prize: class pizza party
Ms. Denise Peters’ 4th Grade class at Meridian Park Elementary

A Big Thank you to All Participants!

North City Water District would like to give a huge round of thanks to each of the following schools who participated in this year’s challenge:

  • Briarcrest
  • Brookside
  • Highland Terrace
  • Kings
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Meridian Park
  • Parkwood
  • Ridgecrest
  • St. Luke’s
  • Syre

Want to Test Your Toilet?

Drop by our main office and pick up the same (free!) toilet dye strip test that we gave out to the local schools. Instructions are right on the package, and, as our local school kids can attest, the test is super simple to do. :-)

If you find that it’s leaking, Seattle Public Utilities offers this handy “how to” video for fixing it.