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EPWater – Willie makes a splash with students

Excitement surged as Clardy Elementary School students filed quickly into the school’s auditorium for a special El Paso Water (EPWater) presentation. Some classrooms had prepared for the occasion by watching Willie the Waterdrop videos, so they knew what to expect.

The first students caught a flash of blue through an adjoining door and whispered, “There he is!” The smallest students in the front waved frantically, hoping to catch his attention.

Star of the show

Word spread fast who was waiting behind the door, and the Pre-K- to second-grade students couldn’t contain their enthusiasm much longer.

When Water Conservation Technician Jesse Hall asked students to coax out a shy Willie to the sound of rain, students responded by clapping loudly and snapping in imitation. Willie burst through a side door and walked out to a thunderous rock star welcome, greeting more than 250 adoring young fans at the El Paso Independent School District campus.

“Willie is a friendly and familiar face,” Hall said. “He has been a part of our community for more than 30 years. The excitement of seeing Willie is contagious.”

“I think kids love Willie because he’s relatable,” said Water Conservation Technician Alex Fashing of the ice-cream loving, 8-year-old in the shape of a water drop. “Kids see Willie as their friend. It doesn’t hurt that he’s absolutely adorable either.”


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