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Tampa Water Department Offers $5,000 in Classroom Grants to Hillsborough County Teachers

Tampa, FL October 14, 2011 - The City of Tampa Water Department is donating $5,000 to help Hillsborough County teachers show their students how to use water more efficiently.

The department is sponsoring classroom grants ranging from $250 to $1,000. The City of Tampa Water Efficiency Education Grants, part of the Hillsborough Education Foundation's School Enrichment program, are available to teachers in grades K-12 whose schools are served by the Tampa Water Department.

The 2011-2012 grant application period runs through October 28, 2011. Applications and full grant qualifications are available online at www.educationfoundation.com/SchoolEnrichment/CashClassrooms.

In addition to teaching at a school in Tampa's service area, qualifying teachers must have completed a Project WET workshop. Project WET is an interactive water education program with classroom activities and lessons correlated to the Sunshine State Standards. The workshops are provided free to educators by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. More information on the workshops is available at www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/projectwet.

This is the second year the Water Department has sponsored the School Enrichment grants, which supports the City's initiatives to enhance educational programs through collaboration between City services and Tampa's schools.

The Tampa Water Department serves a 211-square mile area with a service population of approximately 560,000 people. The Tampa Water Department's mission is to provide superior drinking water and reclaimed water services to its customers.