As teachers are heading back to school and planning their curriculum, they may want to check out the Blue School Grant program offered by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The District plans to offer up to $20,000 during the third year of the program. 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. Four types of grants will be available — water quality field study, water conservation garden project, water conservation classroom/community awareness, and freshwater resources educational program.
Check out some of the awesome programs funded in 2017, including a water quality study on two local creeks at Creekside High School, St. Johns County; aquaponics at Galaxy Middle School, Volusia County; a landscaping project to increase water efficiency at Wilkinson Jr. High School, Clay County; and a literature class learning about water conservation and the future of water resources in Florida at South Lake High School, Lake County.
Application deadline is Sept. 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. Winners announced Oct. 1. There were no Duval County applicants in 2017. Lets change that this year! Click here for the grant application and details.
Author, Shannon Blankinship
Chairman, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District