We're excited to share that the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted on December 3rd to improve water access in schools. Thank you to every You're the Cure advocate, who contacted the school board for their support.
The policies will require water bottle filling stations in all newly constructed schools and schools scheduled to undergo renovation, as well as allow children to bring their own water bottles to school. The water access in schools policies now head to the content agenda for final passage.
Here are three (of many!) reasons why we're excited:
- Let's be honest. We're all a bit nervous about spreading germs during these unprecedented times. Thankfully, water bottle filling stations, paired with students' personal water bottles, may help reduce the spread of disease and germs.
- Water bottle filling stations in schools can nearly triple how much water students drink at lunch time, which is great because drinking water can positively impact children’s health and cognitive performance.
- The cost of a water bottle filling station compared to a water fountain is nominal in the process of renovation or construction of a school, and can save dollars over time.
We applaud the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for helping to put water within reach for students and thank everyone who spoke up in support.