The Grasses in Classes program through Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance has received a grant to fund an elementary school curriculum through the 2018-2019 school year.

Cox Communications granted CBA $3,000 to fund an elementary school Grasses in Classes curriculum.  Grasses in Classes raises awareness and individual knowledge of local ecosystems through hands-on restoration projects and in-class instruction.

With funding through Cox, Grasses in Classes students will tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet Florida’s state science standards from CBA staff and AmeriCorps NWF Environmental Stewards. Periodically, the schoolchildren will split the grasses to increase the nursery stock. The program instills a love of local habitat and restores shoreline.

CBA is a recipient of the Cox Communications local giving award. The company highlights individuals and organizations that are helping the community; in particular, this $3,000 gift funds an initiative that encourages environmental sustainability and conservation.

“Support from our business partners, like Cox Communications, is an essential part of achieving CBA’s mission and goals,” explains Alison McDowell, CBA director, “With Cox’s help, we will be able to bring our Grasses in Classes curriculum to an Okaloosa County elementary school and inspire the next generation of water quality stewards.”

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a non-profit organization striving to enhance swimmable, fishable waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research. For over 20 years, CBA has promoted water stewardship within the Choctawhatchee watershed, growing the network of supporters who join in CBA’s mission to provide a future for these precious, natural resources.

The AmeriCorps NWF Environmental Stewards program is a component of the National Service Network through Volunteer Florida and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Its goal is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet communities' critical education, public safety, environmental, and other human needs.

For more information, visit basinalliance.org.