Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas teachers awarded Swiftmud grants for water resources education projects

Karen Stockton, a science teacher at Westgate Elementary School, collects water samples for her students at Sawgrass Lake Park in March. Stockton received a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District that enabled her to take the fifth-grade class on two field trips to the park.

LARA CERRI | Times

Karen Stockton, a science teacher at Westgate Elementary School, collects water samples for her students at Sawgrass Lake Park in March. Stockton received a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District that enabled her to take the fifth-grade class on two field trips to the park.

More than a dozen Pinellas teachers were recently awarded grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District for water resources education projects. This is the 17th year that Swiftmud has offered the Splash! school grants, according to its website. Last school year, 204 projects were funded. Teachers can receive up to $3,000 per school year for projects in five categories that are priority issues for Swiftmud: water conservation, water quality, watersheds, flood protection and natural systems. Here are the winners:

Wendy Stanziano, Academie Davinci, $770. Students will conduct a water resources field study at an organic community farm.

Lauren Hipsely, Woodlawn Elementary, $840. Students will attend a hands-on workshop at the Science Center of Pinellas County to learn about the water cycle.

Amy Robles, Gulfport Elementary, $1,350. Students will explore the ecology of a watershed at Myakka River State Park.

Annette Anthony, Gulfport Elementary, $1,532. Students will conduct field studies at the Science Center of Pinellas County and a sewage treatment plant.

Suzanne Mizzi and Cynthia Barber, Pinellas Preparatory Academy, $1,677. Students will engineer a Florida-friendly garden that will include a rain barrel.

Donna Heres, Bear Creek Elementary, $1,682. Students will monitor and work to improve the water quality of Bear Creek.

James Levesque, Bay Point Elementary, $1,725. Students will transform a campus pond into an outdoor classroom by using native plants.

Stefanie Frump, Campbell Park Elementary Marine Science Center, $2,200. Students will conduct a field study of Brooker Creek Preserve and participate in a habitat restoration project.

Sally Wentzell, Northeast High School, $2,300. Students will engage in hands-on learning through STEM-based water education field studies.

Mistie Meditz, Skyview Elementary, $2,800. Students will conduct water education field studies at Fort De Soto Park and an organic community farm.

Janice Creneti, Boca Ciega High School, $2,990. Students will retrofit an aquaculture tank to support hydroponics and establish a native plant garden fed by wastewater from the tank.

Leslie Pohley, Largo Middle School, $2,995. Students will perform home toilet leak testing and water use surveys, and create an aqua system with native plants and fish.

Pamela Morse, Hospital/Homebound Program, $2,997. Students will conduct a field study at Sawgrass Lake Park and build a watershed model.

Maria Wyatt, Southern Oak Elementary, $2,999. Students will learn about water conservation, sustainable food production and water quality through hydroponic gardening and the use of microscopes.

Natasha Coles, Madeira Beach Fundamental, $3,000. Students will explore watershed ecology, test water quality and learn how human activities alter the health of the watershed.

Susan Carney, Ozona Elementary, $3,000. Students will enhance existing hydroponic and aquatic systems, collecting fresh water with rain barrels and documenting water savings.

Anne Weller, Perkins Elementary, $3,000. Students will create traditional and hydroponic gardens on campus, learning about water conservation and sustainable gardening practices.

Jeanette Gore, Tarpon Springs High School, $3,000. Students will evaluate a campus wetland area, test water quality, develop a watershed habitat management plan and plant native vegetation.

Sources: Pinellas County Schools, South Florida Water Management District

Pinellas teachers awarded Swiftmud grants for water resources education projects 12/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Police: Uber driver's gun discharges during fight at Adventure Island in Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — An Uber driver's gun went off Sunday at Adventure Island during a fight between the driver and two passengers.

  2. Baker cautious on Pride politics

    Elections

    Rick and Joyce Baker strode down Central Avenue Sunday amid rainbow flags, corporate booths, and blaring music of the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Baker chats Sunday with people at the St. Pete Pride Festival. As mayor, Baker did not sign a Pride parade proclamation, but now he says he would.
  3. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.
  4. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who can be a free agent Saturday, counts the Lightning among his early suitors.
  5. Senate leaders try to appease members as support for health bill slips

    National

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill, even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is one of the five Republican senators who announced they cannot support the health care bill as drafted.