Carla March, a teacher at Ozona Elementary was one of 12 Pinellas County teachers who were awarded grants to teach students about issues surrounding freshwater resources.
The grants are distributed by Splash!, which is a school grant program funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
March was awarded $1,800. One of the projects that the money will be used for is a field trip to Fort De Soto Park. Students will learn about water quality while discovering how water drains across a watershed and picks up pollutants before draining into a larger water body such as Tampa Bay.
Splash! school grants provide up to $3,000 per school on a reimbursement basis and are available to public school teachers.
In addition to Splash! grant funding, the Southwest Florida Water Management District offers free teacher professional development workshops and curriculum materials. The publications are correlated to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards and can be ordered on the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/publications/.
Thanks to the Southwest Florida Water Management District for passing this information along.
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