The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $97,640.28 in grants to 43 educators 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 Polk County:
- Crystal Lake Middle School – Marcia Berger
- Daniel Jenkins Academy – Melanie Tucker
- Highland City Elementary School – Cynthia Kuhlman
- Hillcrest Elementary School – Amber Johnson
- John Snively Elementary School – Johnna Bryant
- Polk Avenue Elementary School – Melissa Kelly
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 5,478 students throughout the District. For more information, please visit the District’s website atWaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.