School Programs

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.

Grades K-8

5th Grade Treatment Plant Tours

OFFERED VIRTUALLY We will take students through a virtual tour of the R.M Levy Water Treatment Plant. Students will get a step-by-step explanation of our drinking water treatment process. They will 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.

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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 who 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 April 29, 2022.

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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.

Grades 9-12

2022 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 are due in the spring.  If you have questions, please see your counselor or contact Mike Uhrhammer at Helix Water District.

2022 Scholarships Flyer

2022 Scholarship Application

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College Students

ACWA Scholarships

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


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