District Awards Grants to Schools in Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion and Sumter Counties for Water Resources Education Projects

News Release

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 its northern region:

  • Brooksville Elementary - Rachel Vascellaro
  • Bushnell Elementary - Tiffany Ward
  • Crystal River Middle School - Julie Bolton, Mary Branch and Maurisa Applegate
  • Dunnellon Elementary - Nancy Garvin and Mary Blanchette
  • Gulf Coast Academy - Joseph Gatti
  • Hernando Elementary School - Danita Consol
  • Lake Panasoffkee Elementary - Brittny Sanders
  • Lecanto High School - Meg Richardson
  • South Sumter Middle School - Michelle Alberto
  • South Sumter High School - Thomas Allison
  • Sparr Elementary - Rachel Keene
  • Williston Elementary School - Sarah Freeman

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.