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$200K from Delta Dental Foundation outfits 54 schools with new drinking fountains

Program encourages students to drink water, skip sugar-sweetened beverages
Dublin, Ohio—Fifty-four schools from more than 40 cities in Ohio will soon receive new water fountains, thanks to $200,000 in funding from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).
The schools are winners of the DDF’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.
“More than 50 percent of children and teens in the U.S. do not drink enough water during the school day. This can impact behavior, energy levels and cognitive function. And when kids choose to quench their thirst with sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda pop, juice and sports drinks, it can have adverse effects on their oral and overall health,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director.
Winning schools will have old drinking fountains replaced with Elkay water fountain/bottle filling stations by Michigan-based Balfrey & Johnston. The winners will also receive reusable water bottles for students and staff.

More than 100 schools applied for the grants, and winners were selected based on several criteria, including age and condition of their drinking fountains, creativity of their applications, percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and geographic location.

The program was piloted in Michigan at Okemos Public Montessori at Central in September 2016. Within the first month, students increased their water consumption and saved more than 2,200 empty water bottles from going into a landfill.
Winners include:                       
·         Abraxas School, Mansfield
·         Amanda Elementary School, Middletown
·         Boardman High School, Boardman
·         Bradbury Learning Center, Middleport
·         Brook Intermediate School, Byesville
·         Chesapeake High Schools, Chesapeake
·         Coventry Elementary School, Akron
·         Danville Elementary School, Danville
·         Dorr Elementary School, Toledo
·         Dowds Elementary School, Shelby
·         Early College Academy at Souers, Canton
·         EHOVE Career Center, Milan
·         Elizabeth Price Elementary School, Cuyahoga Falls
·         Fairview High School, Sherwood
·         Gailon Intermediate School, Gailon
·         Genoa Elementary School, Massillon
·         Goshen Lane Elementary School, Gahanna
·         Harding High School, Marion
·         Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights
·         Hilfiker Elementary School, Fremont
·         Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities School, Holmesville
·         Hopewell Elementary School, West Chester
·         Horace Mann Elementary School, Springfield
·         Independence Education Center, Defiance
·         Innis Elementary School, Columbus
·         Jackson Middle School, Jackson
·         Jackson-Milton Elementary School, North Jackson
·         Lagonda Elementary School, Springfield
·         Lordstown High School, Warren
·         Margaretta High School, Castalia
·         Meadowbrook High School, Byesville
·         Melrose Elementary School, Wooster
·         Millersport Elementary School, Millersport
·         North Adams Elementary School, Seaman
·         Perrin Woods Elementary School, Springfield
·         Richard Allen Academy, Hamilton
·         River View High School, Warsaw
·         Roberts Academy, Cincinnati
·         Rockdale Academy, Cincinnati
·         Sandy Valley Elementary School, Magnolia
·         Simon Kenton Elementary School, Springfield
·         Springdale Elementary School, Springdale
·         Stingel Elementary School, Mansfield
·         Stranahan Elementary School, Toledo
·         Swanton Middle School, Swanton
·         Symmes Valley High School, Willow Wood
·         Talawanda Middle School, Oxford
·         The Arts IMPACT Middle School, Columbus
·         Valley View Intermediate School, Farmersville
·         Washington Elementary School, Circleville
·         Wellston Intermediate School, Wellston
·         West Union High School, Seaman
·         Western Hills High School, Cincinnati
·         Woodbury Elementary School, Shaker Heights
About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public and to advancing dental science through education and research. For more information, visit