Wooster City School District’s Melrose Elementary School is the recipient of two new water fountains/bottle filling stations through a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation’s “Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School” program. The program is designed to encourage children to drink more water during the school day. Wooster is one of only 54 districts in the state to receive the water fountains/bottle filling stations.
“At the end of the 2016-17 school year, our PTO discussed the addition of a water bottle filling station for our school. We were thrilled about the grant opportunity when we saw the application this fall,” said Melrose Elementary Principal Kaylee Harrell. “Thanks to this grant, we are able to provide our students with access to fill up their water bottles throughout the school day and incorporate the promotion of drinking more water as a healthy beverage choice while at school."
As part of their prize package, Melrose students and staff will each receive a reusable water bottle.
“The Delta Dental Foundation is pleased to fund this program,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “Water is critical to maintaining good oral health and when children choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages, they can reduce incidents of tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood illness in the U.S.”
The grant application was completed and submitted by Harrell and PTO President Vicki Bosler-Kilmer.