Soroco Middle School seventh-graders Leona Thurston, Gene Bracegirdle and Jonah Marshall stand near a water bottle filling station installed at the school in the fall. The district is raising money to install another station at Soroco High School.

Soroco Middle School seventh-graders Leona Thurston, Gene Bracegirdle and Jonah Marshall stand near a water bottle filling station installed at the school in the fall. The district is raising money to install another station at Soroco High School. |

Fundraising underway for water station at Soroco High School

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— Water bottle-filling stations installed at South Routt Elementary and Soroco Middle School are proving popular with students, and the district is fundraising to install a third station at the high school.

The stations allow students to fill up their water bottles with fresh, filtered water more easily than using a sink spigot or drinking fountain.

Each station costs about $975 to purchase.

The first two stations in South Routt were purchased through fundraising and a grant from LiveWell Northwest Colorado.

The district now is utilizing the teacher crowd-funding site www.donorschoose.com to raise money for a station at Soroco High School.

“As the school nurse, I see students who have headaches and a lack of focus and energy every day,” said Cindy Meade, district nurse, on the Donors Choose page for the fundraising effort. “Often times these students are dehydrated and unable to perform at their best in and out of the classroom.”

Through this Saturday, Donors Choose will provide matching funds for donations of $100 or less.

“This week is really important for fundraising,” said Kristi Brown, health and wellness coordinator for the South Routt School District.

The original idea for the water bottle-filling stations came from Hayden School District nurse Anna Davis, who noticed that students were getting headaches from not drinking enough water.

Hayden High School purchased its first water bottle-filling station with funds from LiveWell Northwest Colorado last fall.

“(Davis) said it was a priority for her, because kids are not drinking enough water,” Brown said.

The stations installed so far have been extremely popular with students, Brown said.

In total, the Donors Choose campaign is seeking $1,148, which includes the cost to purchase and install the water station and an optional donation to Donors Choose. As of Monday morning, three donations had generated $175 for the project.

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Comments

Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

A faucet costs $975? Why is the safe simple effective solution impossible and a fancy dedicated bottle filling station required?

And the kids are so delicate that they can only drink filtered water? So why does the school claim that tap water needs to be filtered?

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john bailey 2 years, 2 months ago

plumbers ain't cheap , Scott , just ask a lawyer.....jeje .... yet that there is a mighty fancy machine I must say . is OCs water that bad ?

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

John,

The $975 is the cost of the machine, not for the plumber to install it.

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john bailey 2 years, 2 months ago

correct ,Scott , but its for the children.......filtered tap water ? go figure huh ?

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 2 months ago

John,

So put a filter on a faucet.

Seems crazy to me that a school of 100 or so students cannot find or install a normal cost sink for filling water bottles. How many times a day is it likely to be used? 25? 50?

And what is wrong with teaching high school kids how to use a sink to fill a water bottle? At some point in their lives they will have to face something other than the special purpose design to do something.

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john bailey 2 years, 2 months ago

I think its safe to say that the kids down this way know how to fend for themselves , its the adults that know what's best right ? HA !!!! ah country livin' ....~;0)

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john bailey 2 years, 2 months ago

even better in the Coach......

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mark hartless 2 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't it P.T. Barnum who said "...there's a sucker born every minute..." ??

$1,000 to filter water which is already cleaner than most of the population of the planet drinks every day of their lives.

Wonder why communities run short of funds?? Has nothing to do with taxes. You could double them, and double them again, and it still wouldn't be enough to overcome this insanity.

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