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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Helix awards mini-grants to three schools

Director McMillan and Principal Mares holding mini-grant check

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2023 educational mini-grants - Lexington Elementary School, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School and San Altos Elementary School.

Every year, we offer three $250 mini-grants to K-12 schools within our service area for water-related education programs and projects. These grants aim to support an understanding of water conservation, water supply and water quality. 

It won’t be long before our water supply and water quality will be in the hands of today’s students, which is why Helix seeks to introduce these topics in schools within our service area. We hope to encourage our students to grow up to be good stewards of this vital resource.

Image of Lexington Elementary Principal, Director Scalzitti, students and teacher holding check

Helix Water District Board Member Joel Scalzitti (left) awarding a mini-grant to Lexington Elementary School's Principal Ezop (far left), students (center) and teacher Ms. Sloan (far right).

Lexington Elementary School’s fifth grade students will use this grant funding for hands-on learning in the school’s water-wise garden. Students will learn how to create and maintain a garden that will not only thrive but be an educational resource to the school.

Image of Our Lady of Grace Principal and Director McMillan holding check

Helix Water District Board President McMillan (right) awarding a mini grant to Our Lady of Grace Catholic School's Principal Mares (left).

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School’s fifth grade students will use this grant to build a water-wise garden at their school. They will learn how to design, install and maintain a drought-tolerant garden to develop valuable water conservation habits. 

Image of San Altos PTA members, parents, principal and Director Gracyk holding checkHelix Water District Board Member Mark Gracyk (right) awarding a mini-grant to San Altos Elementary School's Principal Hayslett (right), Busy Bee Organizer Chelsea Gastlum (center right), Parent Kasi Evans (center left) and San Altos Parent Teacher Association's Summer Pelland (left) and Billie Otian (far left).

The kindergarten through sixth grade students at San Altos Elementary School will create a water-wise garden to teach students the importance of water conservation and the benefits of utilizing native plants. Students will learn about soaker hoses, mulch and the importance of selecting the best plants that will thrive in our San Diego climate.

Congratulations to our three mini-grant winners and thank you to all the schools that have participated in water-related programs and projects. These projects are influential in creating a sense of responsibility towards the future of water. We look forward to sending out applications for the next round of mini-grants beginning in the fall of 2024.

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