Everyone knows it’s important to drink water, but it is even more important for growing children! Teachers may notice their students feeling irritable, unable to focus, and even hear them complain of headaches. All of these symptoms are indicators of possible dehydration.

When surveyed, 30% of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students report drinking their first glass of water for the day at dinner time. Also, 80% of students report drinking less than 4 glasses of water per day, with many of them reporting less than 2 glasses. It’s recommended that children get between 5-8 glasses of water each day, depending on their age (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Using our Generals Mills grant, the students and staff at Ginter Park Elementary School in Richmond, were each given their very own Gator BPA-free water bottle. The school has a Hydration Station (pictured below), in the cafeteria, and students are encouraged to refill their water bottle when necessary. One teacher even brings multiple 2-Liter containers to school, and has a student fill up the jugs every morning to have easy access to water in their classroom throughout the day.

The water fountain was converted into a water refilling station.

The water fountain was converted into a water refilling station.

All students and staff are enjoying their water bottles and seeing the benefits of staying hydrated during school!

First grader uses his water bottle during lunch.

First grader using his water bottle during lunch.

The school principal, Ms. Williams, was caught in action between her busy schedule.

The school principal, Ms. Williams, was caught in action between her busy schedule.

Students are encouraged to drink water during and after Run Club as well as P.E.

Students are encouraged to drink water during and after Run Club, as well as in P.E.

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