The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $119,000 in grants to 65 schools within the District as part of the Splash! school grant program. The program provides up to $3,000 per school to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources in grades K-12.
Splash! grants encourage hands-on student learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities as well as engagement of the greater school community through awareness campaigns. Each school district allocates a portion of their annual youth education funding provided by the District to support the Splash! grants in their county.
The District awarded grants to the following schools/teachers in Manatee and Sarasota counties:
- Ashton Elementary School – Kelly Griffith
- Bayshore High School – John Silva
- Booker High School – Toni Riebe
- Brookside Middle School – Katie Hill
- Marjorie G. Kinnan Elementary School – Meggan Lutes
- Louise R. Johnson K-8 School of International Studies – Deborah Peters
- Manatee High School – Boontarika Elswick
- Myakka City Elementary School – Anna Kuehn
- Phillippi Shores Elementary School – Suzette Trapani
- Toledo Blade Elementary School – Madeleine Tarsek
- Venice Middle School – Beth Mayberry
Grants are available for freshwater resources field studies, water-conserving garden projects, community or school awareness campaigns and on-site workshops. Last year’s Splash! grants brought water resources education to nearly 10,487 students throughout the District. For more information, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.