Hopewell Elementary Students, Staff Drinking More Water

Hopewell Elementary Students, Staff Drinking More Water
Posted on 01/16/2018
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photo of student at drinking fountainStudents at Ho
pewell Elementary are having a healthier start to the new year, drinking lots of water from their two new water fountain/bottle filler stations.

The fountains were part of a grant that the school received from the Delta Dental Foundation.

When Superintendent Matthew Miller passed along information about the grant, Hopewell Elementary Principal Christina French seized the opportunity to try to get new water fountains, as many of the drinking fountains in the school were old and not in ideal working order. Filling out the grant took 5 or 6 hours, but was well worth it. The new fountains were recently installed at the school.

“Grants like these can help us build upon a culture of health and wellness,” said French. In fact, she is still using funds from a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant the school received several years ago to pay for health and wellness programs. “The grant for the water fountains/filling stations was a perfect follow-up to the Play 60 grant in our quest to keep kids healthy,” said French.

As part of the grant from Delta Dental, Hopewell received two water fountains that include a device to refill bottles with clean filtered water. In addition, staff and students received a ‘Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School’ water bottle.

The new water stations are encouraging everyone to drink more water during the day. Fifth-grader Rylan Reid (pictured ) is a frequent visitor to the fountains. Rylan says the water stations are helping him to drink more water, and that he uses the station to fill a water bottle that he keeps with him throughout the day.

That’s the whole goal of the grant – encouraging the healthy habit of drinking lots of water. And from the popularity of the new water stations at Hopewell, it’s working.