Blue School grant program

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Blue School grant program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District plans to offer up to $20,000 during the second year of its Blue School Grant Program—the 2017–2018 school year. Up to $2,000 per teacher, per school will be awarded to middle and high school teachers to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Public and charter school teachers within the district’s boundaries are eligible to apply.

The application period opened Aug. 1, 2017, and application deadline was Aug. 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. Winners were announced Oct. 11.

Four types of grants will be available — water quality field study, water conservation garden project, classroom/community awareness, and freshwater resources educational program.

Examples of successful grants include:

  • Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campus
  • Micro-irrigation installation in school garden
  • Field trip to organic and conventional farms
  • Field trip to Altamonte Springs Science Incubator
  • Seagrass restoration project
  • Water conservation awareness posters and video

Grants awarded for the 2017-2018 school year are:

  • Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership — Creating an interactive 3d model of watersheds
  • Galaxy Middle School — Establishing aquaponics at the school and learning about the water conservation that can result
  • Interlachen High School — Hands-on learning about water resources through field trips and expert presentations
  • Resilience Charter School, Inc. — Field study of local river and springs to learn about our connection to resources
  • Wilkinson Jr. High School — Landscape project to increase water efficiency
  • South Lake High School — Literature class learning about water conservation and the future of water resources in Florida
  • Tuskawilla Middle School — Field trip to Altamonte Springs Science Incubator and in-depth learning about human impact on water resources
  • Creekside High School — Water quality study on two local creeks
  • Oakleaf High School — Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campus.
  • Gainesville High School — Increased understanding of local water resources through water quality study of nearby waterbodies
  • Wekiva High School — Using aquaponics as a foundation to discuss water conservation and the diverse impacts of agriculture

 

For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, education coordinator, at jmitchell@sjrwmd.com or 904-730-6283.

Expanding students’ appreciation for the value of water

Video: Through the district’s Blue School Grant Program, schools within the district are enhancing hands-on learning of Florida’s water resources.