Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:35pm
By the end of this school year, more than a third of Madison elementary schools will have water bottle refilling stations thanks to the “Got Water” project, aimed at helping kids make healthy beverage choices by giving them easy access to water. “Got Water” is a joint initiative from Madison Water Utility, the Healthy Kids Collaborative, American Family Children's Hospital, YMCA of Dane County, and the Madison Metropolitan School District.
This year, hydration stations are being installed in seven schools as part of the project (Gompers, Falk, Orchard Ridge, Schenk, Glendale, Sherman Middle & Wright Middle). “Got Water” partners will also make sure each and every child and staff member can use the stations by handing out more than 3,000 new water bottles. Before “Got Water” began in 2015, no Madison elementary or middle schools had water bottle refilling stations. After this year, a total of 11 elementaries and two middle schools will have stations because of the program.
Drinking Water Week / “Got Water” celebrations
Next week, staff and students will come together at Gompers, Falk and Orchard Ridge schools for “Got Water” celebrations featuring Madison Water Utility’s Water Wagon. The events take place during national Drinking Water Week (May 7-12), a week meant to highlight the value of safe, reliable drinking water. These events will promote healthy habits through the 5-2-1-0 message (every day, children should aim to eat 5 fruits and vegetables, watch 2 hours or less of screen time, get 1 hour of physical activity and drink ZERO sugary beverages). Students will learn where Madison’s water comes from, why it’s important to stay hydrated, and of course, they’ll get a chance to fill up their new bottles!
Monday, May 8, 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Gompers Elementary, 1502 Wyoming Way
Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Falk Elementary, 6323 Woodington Way
Wednesday, May 10, 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Orchard Ridge Elementary, 5602 Russett Rd.
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