Water-Related News

Polk County teachers receive SWFWMD Splash! Grants

Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $104,941.81 in grants to 48 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:

  • Daniel Jenkins Academy - Melanie Tucker
  • Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred - Heather Matousek
  • Hillcrest Elementary School - Amber L. Johnson
  • Janie Howard Wilson Elementary School - Kim Griffiths
  • John Snively Elementary School - Johnna Bryant
  • Polk Avenue Elementary School - Melissa Kelly
  • R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School - Angie Samples
  • Union Academy - Dee Davis

Grants are available for freshwater resources field studies, water-conserving garden projects, community or school awareness campaigns and on-site workshops. For more information, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/SchoolGrants.