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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Western enhances virtual education resources and funding support

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) offers to lighten the load for Riverside County teachers through new water education resources and expanded grant funding aimed to support virtual classroom projects.

Western is pleased to announce one-on-one water education support for teachers, the development of an exciting new water education video game for students, expanded grant funding for virtual classroom projects, and more, to help support water education and keep students engaged.

“We recognize that teaching during this unprecedented time, and in a virtual environment, presents new challenges,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “Western is committed to evolving to meet the ongoing needs of our educational community.”

In addition to our top priority of providing safe and reliable water to nearly 1 million people who live, work and play across Western’s 527 square mile service area, Western is working hard to support its communities in other ways. As a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Riverside County schools are in various reopening stages, and Western is stepping up in new and innovative ways to support and engage teachers and students.

Western’s offerings include the following FREE programs and resources for teachers and students within Western’s service area:

“LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD” WATER EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS

Western is launching free, personalized water education resources to supplement teachers’ virtual classrooms. Teachers can sign up for a one-on-one call with Western’s water education experts and receive individualized advice and access to resources for use within a virtual classroom environment while meeting the California State and Next Generation Standards.

YOUR WATER’S JOURNEY VIDEO GAME

Western’s new video game will be designed to make learning about California’s water system and Western’s distribution system fun for students. The game’s beta version was debuted at the 2020 Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference (STEPCON20) and, once publicly launched (http://www.stepconference.org/Conference_info.cfm), can be played virtually on computers and mobile devices.

“One of the challenges that teachers and parents in our community are facing right now is keeping kids engaged with remote learning,” said Miller. “We knew we needed to innovate and diversify our suite of educational resources. That’s why we gamified the experience of learning about water to make it more exciting for students.”

The game follows Western’s mascot as they travel from Northern California to Riverside County. Students answer questions to guide the journey and increase their knowledge of the water cycle.

LOIS B. KRIEGER WATER PROJECT GRANTS FOR EDUCATORS – APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN

Western invites Riverside County teachers to apply to receive up to $1,000 in classroom funding for virtual or in-person water education projects via Western’s Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators.

Last year, 19 teachers received grant awards totaling more than $14,000 for diverse and creative classroom projects on a wide variety of topics, including water quality testing, hydroponic gardening, and sensory water exploration.

“Western continues to invest the time and talents of staff to develop and maintain programs that support the educators of our future leaders,” said Miller. “Knowing the positive impact that this program has had on students in our service area, we are excited to continue offering funding this year and support virtual programs, in addition to in-class programs.”

Teachers can apply now through Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. For eligibility requirements and to complete an application, visit wmwd.com/KriegerGrantProgram.

For more information about Western’s education program, visit wmwd.com/Education. Stay up to date on Western’s latest education programs and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527 square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.

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