Our water supply and water quality will one day be in the hands of today’s students. Because of this, Helix seeks to introduce water topics in local schools. We hope these kids will take on the task of being stewards of California’s water.
3rd Grade Classroom Presentation
Dams, Rivers and Reservoirs! This is an informative, fun and hands-on program for third grade students that we present virtually or in-person. In compliance with state standards, the program introduces students to the purpose of dams, the materials used in their construction and the relationship between water and energy. Working in small groups, students use the materials we provide to discuss, design and build a dam structure. Results are shared with the class as a whole. The free presentation is offered on Mondays, and takes 45 minutes of classroom time.
5th Grade Treatment Plant Tours
OFFERED VIRTUALLY! We take students through a virtual tour of the R.M Levy Water Treatment Plant. Students get a step-by-step explanation of our drinking water treatment process. They see the plant inside and out and get to hear from actual experts at the plant about what it takes to get clean water to their homes and schools. This one-hour virtual tour meets state standards for 5th grade water curriculum.
Water is Life Poster Contest
This isn’t just any art activity. Helix staff select winning posters from schools in our service area. We send them to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and they select 36 student posters to feature in their Water is Life Calendar each year. Over 30,000 people will get a calendar and see the kids’ artwork. The contest is open to students in grades K-8 who live or attend school within Helix’s service area. Poster submissions are due in Spring 2023.
Ms. Smarty Plants Assemblies
About 6,000 K-6 students in Helix’s service area take part in Ms. Smarty Plants’ school assemblies each year. The assemblies are interactive, set for the grade level and aligned with state curriculum standards. Please note that Helix has limited funds and our priority is to bring Ms. Smarty Plants to as many schools as possible in our service area. This means that requests for repeat performances are not always granted.
2023 Helix College Scholarships
Helix awards the Dr. Lillian M. Childs and Robert D. Friedgen scholarships each spring to two high school seniors attending a four-year university in the fall. Each scholarship is worth $1,000. We contact senior class counselors in November to reach students, and applications for our 2023 scholarships are due March 10, 2023. If you have questions, please see your counselor or contact Mike Uhrhammer at Helix Water District.
The Association of California Water Agencies offers five scholarships each year for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in water resources-related fields, including engineering, environmental studies and public administration.
ACWA Scholarship – Two $3,500 Awards / Undergraduate
Clair A. Hill Scholarship – One $5,000 Award / Undergraduate
Stephen K. Hall Scholarship – One $10,000 Award / Graduate