Helix Water District has awarded Lemon Avenue Elementary School a $250 mini-grant to purchase and install a rain barrel in their school garden. Helix Board of Director Kathleen Coates Hedberg presented the mini-grant check to Aimee Benson, lead teacher for the school’s garden, and her third-grade class on March 18, 2019.

Lemon Avenue Elementary is part of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Lemon Avenue Elementary students from all grade levels participate in the school’s award-winning garden program, which introduces students to healthy food choices and the importance of gardening, water conservation and sustainability. The mini-grant will be used to install a working rain barrel display, providing students first-hand experience with rainwater harvesting and alternative water supplies.

As part of its school education program, Helix awards up to three $250 mini-grants each year to schools within its service area for water-related projects or programs. Applications are sent out each fall to all schools within district boundaries.

Lemon Avenue Elementary School

Top of page: Aimee Benson, her third grade class and Helix director Kathleen Coates Hedberg. Below: The school’s garden. Bottom: One of the school’s new rain barrels.