District Awards Grants to Schools in Pasco 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 Pasco County:

  • Deer Park Elementary School - Jamie Thornton
  • James Irvin Education Center - Dr. Jose Olmo         
  • Pasco eSchools - Shamsher Lamba 
  • Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel - Rachael Robinson
  • River Ridge High School - Laine Smith         
  • Sunlake High School - Kathryn Bylsma/ Michelle Hock

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.