Friday, May 3, 2019 - 11:36am
By the end of this month, nearly two-thirds 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?” partners have been working to provide hydration stations and reusable water bottles to schools since 2015. After this school year, more than 11,000 children in 21 elementary schools and four middle schools will have access to water bottle refilling stations because of the program.
“Got Water?” is a joint initiative from Madison Water Utility, the Healthy Kids Collaborative based at the American Family Children's Hospital, and the Madison Metropolitan School District. The 2019 “Got Water?” schools are: Thoreau, Lincoln, Olson, Chavez, Marquette and Sennett.
The media is invited to Marquette’s water celebration on Wednesday, May 8th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., 1501 Jenifer St.
School water events kick off during national Drinking Water Week (May 5-12), a week meant to highlight the value of safe, reliable drinking water. These events will promote conservation as well as 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!
All “Got Water?” hydration station schools:
2015: Huegel, Leopold, Elvehjem
2016: Allis, Lindbergh, Lake View
2017: Orchard Ridge, Falk, Schenk, Gompers, Glendale, Wright Middle, Sherman Middle
2018: Kennedy, Muir, Crestwood, Lapham, Lowell, Cherokee Heights Middle
2019: Thoreau, Lincoln, Olson, Chavez, Marquette, Sennett Middle
- Media Inquiries: Amy Barrilleaux, Public Information Officer(608) email@example.com