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Third-grade class wins poetry contest
For the fourth time out of four years, a third-grade class at Townsend Elementary has been selected as contest winners for the annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest, which is put on by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Each year, third graders in Barb Geidel’s library class research local history about the towns that were lost because of building the Cannonsville Reservoir. The students also talk about New York City and the need for clean, healthy water from upstate.

This year, Amanda Bauer’s class won the contest, which had about 1,700 entries.

The poem is below:

Towns, plank roads, farms, churches,
Schools, bridges, feed stores
Farmers, loggers, creameries
New York City needs healthy, clean water
Crushed, smashed, wrecked
Communities destroyed
People moved away
Tunnels, dams, flooding, reservoir
Clean water everywhere.
Fishing, boating, wildlife
Beautiful, pretty, lovely, amazing water.

A video of the students reading their poem is below:

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