Westchase Area Teachers Win Grant For Water Study
The teacher was one of 34 awarded a Splash! grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Two Westchase area teachers have won grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to study the health of area waterways.
The teachers are:
- Christine Lindbak, Alonso High, was awarded $2,150. Students in her class will use the money to learn about the Hillsborough River watershed and then conduct water quality tests while on a field trip to the Crystal Springs Preserve.
- Sara White, Henderson Hammock Charter, was awarded $754. Students will become “Watershed Warriors” and create a podcast sharing what they learn through classroom activities on the water cycle, watersheds and water quality.
Lindback and White are among the 34 Hillsborough educators to receive a Splash! grant from the SWFMD.
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Each year the agency awards grants to teachers across the district's 16-county region to educate students on water resources. Splash! grant projects include student monitoring of local water quality, environmental field studies and school or community outreach campaigns designed to encourage water conservation.
This year, 94 Splash! grants were awarded in total.
In addition to Splash! grant funding, the 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/.
To learn more about Splash! grants go to their website