The water district and FIRST 5 revised and expanded eligibility requirements to allow more schools to apply and streamline the application process. School outreach to award 22 new grants for FY15 is underway.
In FY14, 18 school grants were awarded through the water district's partnership with FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County, who is administering all school grants on behalf of the water district. In addition, FIRST 5 has also awarded grants to another 20 local schools. All 38 combined water stations were installed over the summer and fall. For a breakdown of schools broken down by agency, download this Summary of School Sites [PDF]
In July 2014, the water district and FIRST 5 joined the Partnership for a Healthier America's Drink Up campaign, of which first lady Michelle Obama is the honorary chair. Both agencies received national recognition from the Drink Up campaign for their efforts to increase water access and consumption in schools.
On Sept. 24, 2014 the water district held a media launch to celebrate the installation of the 38 new water hydration stations with FIRST 5 and Santa Clara County Public Health Department at San Martin Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin, which is one of the 18 schools funded by water district schools.
For more information or a complete list of participating schools, please contact Kristen Yasukawa.