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Hillsborough County teachers receive SWFWMD Splash! Grants

Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $104,941.81 in grants to 48 educators within the District as part of the Splash! school grant program. The program provides up to $3,000 per school to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources in grades K-12.

Splash! grants encourage hands-on student learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities as well as engagement of the greater school community through awareness campaigns. Each school district allocates a portion of their annual youth education funding provided by the District to support the Splash! grants in their county.

The District awarded grants to the following schools/teachers in Hillsborough County:

  • Belmont Elementary School - Rebecca Foster
  • Buchanan Middle School - Walter Watts and Monique Guerard
  • Chiles Elementary School - Lori Hanson
  • East Bay High School - Michelle Laycock
  • Greco Middle School - Jennifer Butler
  • Hill Middle School - Michelle Guagliardo
  • Ippolito Elementary School - Theresa Graves
  • Lomax Elementary Magnet School - Sarah Henix
  • Pivot Charter School - Debra Gwyn
  • Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School - Jacob Gill
  • Terrace Community Middle School - Elizabeth Mila

Grants are available for freshwater resources field studies, water-conserving garden projects, community or school awareness campaigns and on-site workshops. For more information, please visit the District’s website at