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

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $107,969 in grants to 58 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:


  • Chamberlain High School - Michael Sipes    
  • East Bay High School - Michelle Laycock     
  • King High School - Stephen Kelly     
  • Learning Gate Community School - Heidi Hughes and Adam Wolford           
  • Liberty Middle School - Dottie Urbanek-Nash           
  • South County Career Acceleration Academy - Ryan Johnson-Lerch  
  • Tampa Bay Technical High School - Julie Sackles  
  • Terrace Community Middle School - Elizabeth Mila 
  • Wharton High School - Christi Atkinson        
  • Wilson Middle School - Jerry John Comellas


Grants are available to support water education programs and activities that are focused on water cycle basics, freshwater or estuarian ecosystems, water quality and water conservation. For more information, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.