Steamboat Springs 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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