District Awards Grants to Schools in Hillsborough County for Water Resources Education Projects

News Release

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 Hillsborough County:

•           Bailey Elementary School - Roland Jackson

•           Bryan Elementary School - Karen Beck        

•           Dr. Carter G. Woodson PK-8 School - Tekila Lindsay

•           Davis Elementary School - Terri Stevens

•           East Bay High School - Michelle Laycock

•           Excelsior Prep Charter School of Tampa - Debra Gwyn      

•           Heritage Elementary School - Jean Josephson

•           King High School - Sonia Coleman   

•           Riverview Elementary School - Judy Der      

•           Sickles High School - Brooke Brammer

•           Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School - Krystal Greenberg      

•           Terrace Community Middle School - Elizabeth Mila 

•           Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School - Pamela Vasquez           

•           Wilson Middle School - Kenneth Coogan

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 at WaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.