District Awards Grants to Schools in Polk 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 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 at WaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.