School Programs

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 the schools within our service area. We want these kids to grow up to be stewards of California’s watersheds and hope that our programs start them down that path.

Grades K-6

5th Grade Treatment Plant Tours

OFFERED VIRTUALLY We will take students virtually through the R.M Levy Water Treatment Plant and go step-by-step through our drinking water treatment process. Students will see the plant inside and out, learn the process and hear from actual experts at the plant about what it takes to supply clean drinking water to our faucets each day. This one-hour virtual  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 and send them to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. They select 36 student posters to feature in their Water is Life Calendar each year, and over 30,000 people get a calendar. Teachers submit student posters in March.

Stay tuned for 2021 contest materials


Ms. Smarty Plants Assemblies

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED – About 6,000 K-6 students in Helix’s service area participate in Ms. Smarty Plants’ school assemblies each year. The assemblies are interactive, tailored to the grade level and aligned with state and NGSS curriculum standards. Please note that Helix’s funds are limited 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.

Grades 9-12

2021 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. Applications for our 2021 scholarships are due by April 1, 2021. If you have questions, please see your counselor or contact Mike Uhrhammer at Helix Water District.

2021 Helix Water District Scholarships Flyer

2021 Helix Water District Scholarship Application


High School Photo Contest

Water flows through everything we do. Indoors, we use water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. Outdoors, we use water to fill our swimming pools, wash our cars and grow plants in our yards. Local businesses use water to produce the goods we use and foods that we eat, while our communities use water to irrigate public parks, for street cleaning and firefighting. This year’s photo contest challenges students to highlight the importance and beauty of water in our everyday lives. Read the contest guidelines for details.

Take a look at our 2020 contest winners


College Students

2021 ACWA Scholarships

The Association of California Water Agencies has five scholarships available in 2021 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

Apply by March 1, 2021.