With a Blue School Grant, students from Creekside High School visited locations along the St. Johns River to test water quality and become more familiar with local community features they have been learning about in class.

District’s Blue School Grant Program now accepting applications through September 7th

From the St. John’s River Water Management District

Now entering the third year of its Blue School Grant Program, the St. Johns River Water Management District plans to offer up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning. The application period runs May 21–Sept. 7, giving teachers all summer to prepare their project proposals for the 2018–2019 grants.

“Blue School Grants are a great way for the district to partner with our local schools and support student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We have funded nearly 20 education projects in the last two funding cycles, and I’m excited to see what the next round of applications will bring.”

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.

Grants may be awarded in four areas: water quality field studies, water conservation garden projects, water conservation community/school awareness campaigns or freshwater resources educational programs.

Examples of successful grant applications include:

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

Teachers receiving grants will be notified after Oct. 1, 2018.

Information about criteria and deadlines and the online application can be found at www.sjrwmd.com/education/blueschool.

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