Local elementary school student spotlighted in regional ‘Being Water Wise Is…’ calendar

Gabriella Castro’s winning entry depicts a vibrant underwater scene with an impactful message. Photo provided by EVMWD.

Fourth-grade Railroad Canyon Elementary School student Gabriella Castro has achieved top honors in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s annual student art contest. Her artwork will be showcased in the “Being Water Wise Is…” 2024 calendar, among other poster contest winners.

Depicting a vibrant underwater scene with the impactful message, “Water is life; use it wisely,” Castro’s submission was one of 37 entries selected amongst thousands of entries submitted across Southern California. She triumphed in a local contest by the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD), which advanced her to the regional calendar competition.

Castro’s teacher, Isela Salgado, played a significant role in guiding and nurturing her artistic talent.

“Gabriella’s vibrant artwork in the ‘Being Water Wise Is..’ calendar serves as a powerful reminder of the impact of small actions,” EVMWD Board President Chance Edmondson said. “Kudos to Ms. Salgado and our local schools for fostering creativity and empowering students to be catalysts for positive change.”

The “Being Water Wise Is…” 2024 calendar features creative messages on water conservation and will be distributed to approximately 13,000 recipients. It can be downloaded at under the Student Art program page and is available in limited supply at the EVMWD customer lobby upon request.


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