Imagine a Day Without Water 2019: Haiku Challenge

Winners Announced!

This year's Imagine a Day Without Water Haiku Challenge received over 500 entries from all over North Carolina.  Each entry was reviewed by various Division of Water Resources staff to determine a winner for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Below, you'll find a listing of the winners and their Haiku.  Congratulations to the winners!  They will receive a bag of goodies from the NC Division of Water Resource's Office of Educational Programs.  Also, so many thanks to all the students and teachers who participated in this Haiku Challenge.  The poems were so unique and indicative of thoughtful discussions in the classroom.

Congratulations to each of these students!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's challenge!

Winning Haiku Poems:

Water we need you
No water no resources
No food no living.

-Zeree W., Ms. Ballard Smith's class, 4th Grade, Poe Elementary, Raleigh NC:

Try and make oatmeal
Can't get water from shower
I'm dirty and sad

-Marcus G., Mr. Hart's class, 8th Grade, Mountain Community School, Hendersonville, NC:

Water costs money
Got no money for water
No water, I'm dead

-Blendon R., Dr. Curley's class, 9th Grade, Onslow County Learning Center, Hubert, NC



About the Haiku Challenge:

Imagine a Day Without Water takes place on October 23, 2019.  It will be observed throughout North Carolina as well as in the United States. The organization behind Imagine a Day Without Water is “One Water Alliance," a cooperative partnership between a variety of stakeholders throughout the U.S. North Carolina’s Division of Water Resources is offering a Haiku Challenge to Imagine a Day Without Water. We invite students across the state to write a Haiku that responds to the theme “Imagine a Day Without Water." Haikus are considered “mood poems” and are intended to evoke a mood or emotion. We want students to take a moment to think about their interactions with water and consider how life would be without it. Submission deadlines will be at 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please email

Before you begin:

Do a little research about Haikus. These poems are unrhymed and have 17 syllables. The lines of the poem are arranged in 5, 7, and 5 syllables according to They also historically describe nature through the author’s observation, so be sure to tap into your own observations of your watershed. 

Finding Inspiration:

Here are some ways to prepare your students to write a Haiku:

  • Take your students outside.
  • Let your students find a space, perhaps alone, to just observe the natural environment.
  • Observe signs of water on your school’s campus.
  • Observe where water runs on your campus.
  • Ask students questions to move past the basics:
  • Where did the water come from before it got to your faucet?
  • What is the difference between the water you drink and the water you swim/play in?
  • Try to think of different uses for water (besides drinking).
  • How do humans impact water?
  • Where do we find water naturally? 
  • Who/what else is impacted by water? 

Once the Haiku is written:

We want to see it! Please share either the text or a clear picture of the writing on our IADWOW Haiku Challenge map! The entry submission form can be found here.

To view other entries, check out our statewide map.


There will be an Elementary, Middle, and High School winner for this challenge. Winners will be determined through consideration of creativity and following the rules of a Haiku (17 syllables; and arranged as 5, 7, and 5).

To learn more about Imagine a Day Without Water: Visit their website: Imagine a Day Without Water: October 23, 2019