Water Education / Water Awareness Committee

EduBucks Program Description

EduBucks Program

Purpose
The purpose of the WEWAC EduBucks program is to improve and supplement academic instruction by providing financial support to teachers seeking to do creative classroom projects that increase students' awareness of the importance of water in Southern California.

Grant Amount
Grants are up to $1,000 per application. Total funding for this program is limited.

Focus of Projects
Projects must specifically focus on drinking water issues. They may involve sources of water, environmental issues, water treatment, water quality, water conservation, political or government issues, etc. Creative and unique approaches to water education are highly encouraged.

How to Apply
Complete the grant application form provided. Please limit proposals to three (3) pages. Describe the project in detail, including supportive activities, objectives, and overall benefits to the students. Applicants must show how the EduBucks will help you achieve your goal. An itemized budget must be included for grant consideration. The signatures of both the principal and the teacher are required for all entries.

Eligibility

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.

Judging Criteria
Projects will be judged by the WEWAC review committee based on the following criteria:

  • Actively engages students in learning
  • Enhances the classroom experience
  • Creativity
  • Components are feasible
  • Budget clearly supports the activities
  • Student activities are clearly defined
  • Goals and objectives are clearly defined
  • Incorporates education reform

Deadline
Thursday, October 31, 2019 by 5:00 P.M.

Mail completed application to:
Rowland Water District
Attn: Brittnie Van De Car
c/o WEWAC EduBucks
3021 Fullerton Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Project Summary
All projects must be completed by the close of the funded academic year. WEWAC requires a project summary describing the success of your project, a final budget expense report, and an
in-classroom presentation to be attended by WEWAC Members.

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, fieldtrip(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 fieldtrip(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.

The Water Education / Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) is a consortium of water conservation and water education professionals, and consists of the following agencies: