Grants of up to $1,200 to California K-12 teachers and educators in eligible locations for classroom projects and activities related to water resources in the region. The primary focus of programs must be on drinking water issues. This may include activities about sources of water, environmental issues, water treatment, water quality, water conservation, political or government issues, and others. Creative and unique approaches to water education are highly encouraged. Eligible applicants are located in the WEWAC service area in Southern California.
Ideas for Projects
Students (4th - 6th) keep water journals to calculate how much water they used at the end of each week and blog about it. Funds would cover journals, books and basic equipment like cameras or measuring equipment.
School (K - 2nd) puts on a Water Waster/Water Saver play. Funds cover educational set items - something reusable/durable.
Students (10th - 12th) undergo a project to creatively describe a watershed. What is theirs? How are their lives impacted by this geography? How can they protect it? Resultant projects could be a photo collage, blog, short video or a book. Funds cover equipment, books, field trip(s), etc.
Students study their local water and write a three-page paper about where it comes from, how it is cleaned, what local issues are impacting it and why it is important to conserve. Funds cover field trip(s), books, maps, and software to help them put together a local water supply billboard.
Students build a themed garden such as a drought tolerant garden, food garden, multicultural garden, soil enhancement or native plant garden. Funds cover equipment, soil, plants, and outreach materials for "Parents' Night," for example. Equipment could also include items for maintaining and watering garden.
All K-12 educators at schools in the WEWAC members' service areas are eligible to participate in the program. Teachers may apply regardless of the discipline or subject areas taught. Teachers may apply individually or as a group; however, the project must involve water education to be eligible.